‘Ed­u­ca­tion is only weapon to fight against ter­ror­ism’

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the re­cruit­ment in ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment must be made on merit. "Ed­u­ca­tion is the only weapon through which an ef­fec­tive war could be waged against ter­ror­ism. There­fore, I won't al­low any body to com­pro­mise on merit."

This he said while pre­sid­ing over a meet­ing of $66 mil­lion World Bank- as­sisted `Sindh Global Partnership for Ed­u­ca­tion (SGPE)' pro­gramme here at the CM House today. Those who at­tended the meet­ing in­clude Se­nior Min­is­ter Nisar Khuhro, Chief Sec­re­tary Siddique Me­mon, Sec­re­tary to CM ( U&B) Iqbal Du­rani, Sec­re­tary Ed­u­ca­tion Faza­lul­lah Pechuho, Sec­re­tary Finance So­hail Ra­jput and oth­ers.

He said that there were still re­ports that over 3000 schools were closed in the prov­ince. On this Se­nior Min­is­ter Ed­u­ca­tion Nisar Khuhro said that there were 1100 non-vi­able schools in the prov­ince which can­not be al­lowed to func­tion. "Dur­ing the ten­ure of General Mushar­raf the naz­ims had con­structed these schools un­nec­es­sar­ily. In a vil­lage of 200 pop­u­la­tion four to five schools have been con­structed," he ex­plained.

The chief min­is­ter di­rected the chief sec­re­tary to get a de­tailed list of 1100 non-vi­able schools build­ings so that they could be given used in the pub­lic in­ter­est. "The list may be pro­vided with nec­es­sary rec­om­men­da­tions," he said. The sec­re­tary ed­u­ca­tion said that due to short­age of teach­ing staff around 2500 schools were closed all over Sindh. "We would start re­cruit­ment once the gov­ern­ment is pleased to lift the ban," he said. He also added that when Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Syed Qaim Ali Shah took over for his sec­ond term 8000 schools were closed. "With the con­stant ef­forts of the gov­ern­ment most of the closed schools have been made func­tion and still 2500 are to be made op­er­a­tional," he said. The chief min­is­ter pointed out that most of the schools were over staffed, there­fore ra­tion­al­iza­tion of the staff should be made in such a way so that ex­tra staff mem­bers of one school could be sent to the closed schools to make them op­er­a­tional. He di­rected Min­is­ter for Ed­u­action Nisar Khuhro to per­son­ally su­per­vise the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion process.

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