Sindh Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion launches ini­tia­tive to es­tab­lish 125 post-pri­mary schools

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI —Sindh Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (SEF), Govt. of Sindh of­fi­cially launched a pro­gram re­cently to es­tab­lish mid­dle and high schools in the prov­ince in a bid with an over­all ob­jec­tive to grad­u­ally to bridge the up­set­tingly huge gap be­tween pri­mary and post-pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince.

Un­der the banner of the SEF Mid­dle and High School (SMHS) Pro­gram, with the sup­port of Sindh Gov­ern­ment’s Ed­u­ca­tion & Lit­er­acy De­part­ment, the Foun­da­tion has fi­nal­ized se­lec­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 60 School Op­er­a­tors for es­tab­lish­ment of around 125 Mid­dle/High schools in Sindh. These schools are planned to be set up in ar­eas where there are no post-pri­mary schools.

With fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal sup­port ex­tended to these post-pri­mary schools, SEF would ac­com­plish en­roll­ment of 30,000 stu­dents in Phase I, mak­ing a small break­through. The over- all tar­get as­signed to the Foun­da­tion un­der this pro­gram is to reach out to es­ti­mated 200,000 stu­dents in the com­ing 05 years. SEF, which is a semi-au­ton­o­mous body work­ing un­der a Board of Gover­nors headed by the Chief Min­is­ter Sindh and with Se­nior Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Lit­er­acy De­part­ment as its vice chair­man, would pro­vide fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal sup­port for es­tab­lish­ment and man­age­ment of mid­dle and high schools.

Ac­cord­ing to the SEMIS Data of the year 2014-15, 90% of the pub­lic schools in the prov­ince are pri­mary, leav­ing per­turb­ing 10% of all three types of schools com­bined, i.e. Mid­dle/Ele­men­tary, Se­condary and Higher Se­condary. Ac­cord­ing to the data, 42,342 schools are pri­mary, 2,336 are mid­dle/ele­men­tary, 1,752 are se­condary and only 294 are higher se­condary. One of the rea­sons be­hind the huge dropout ra­tio to post-pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince, as ev­i­dent from the num­bers men­tioned above, is lack of pri­mary schools.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, SEF Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Na­heed S. Dur­rani said, “We want to change the per­spec­tive and ap­proach to­wards ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince. We want to sup­port es­tab­lish­ment of schools that can em­power the stu­dents.”“It’s time we pro­vide stu­dents with the qual­ity school­ing which is aligned with mod­ern meth­ods of teach­ing and learn­ing sup­ple­mented by ICT,” she added. The ses­sion was at­tended by two mem­bers of the SEF BoG, who have re­cently joined the board namely Nazir A. Tu­nio and Hus­nain Qa­mar Shah. Both the mem­bers are presently in­volved in mul­ti­fac­eted ac­tiv­i­ties re­lat­ing to ed­u­ca­tion in Sindh.

Op­er­a­tors have been se­lected af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive, trans­par­ent, and merit-based process from scru­tiny of ap­pli­ca­tions and to se­lec­tion of suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tors.—INP

Rangers pa­trolling dif­fer­ent streets of city to main­tain or­der.

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