KARACHI: The education department began prioritising 4,524 high enrolment primary schools across Sindh to provide missing facilities such as boundary walls, classrooms, washrooms, and electricity, water and sanitation.
Teachers are also being appointed at these schools and higher enrolment rates will be ensured from April, 2018 onwards. Among the selected schools, 4,000 are primary schools and 524 are middle or secondary schools.
In this regard, Education Secretary Iqbal Durani, after submitting a survey report to the chief minister about the lack of facilities in schools, presented a plan to revamp these issues. He said that district and taluka-wise data of the schools has been gathered where government has to provide the lacking facilities.
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The meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was informed that along with these facilities, the schools will be equipped with solar panels. "We will provide the basic facilities and a solar electricity projectwill be undertaken by the public health and engineering department," Durrani said.
The education department officials also mentioned at the meeting that infrastructure development teams comprising engineer and education officers have been mobilised to undertake and supervise the work.
The district-wise break up of schools is: Badin 197, District Central, Karachi 153, Dadu 199, District East, Karachi 77, Ghotki 175, Hyderabad 221, Jacobabad 189, Jamshoro 129, Kambar-Shahdadkot 195, Kashmore 166, Khairpur 187, District Korangi, Karachi 92, Larkana 193, Malir 106, Matiari 72, Mirpurkhas 204, Mitiari 81, Naushahro Feroze 203, Sanghar 197, Shaheed Benazirabad 211, Shikarpur 195, District South, Karachi 65, Sujawal 84, Sukkur 191, Tando Allah Yar 154, Tando Muhammad Khan 82, Tharparkar 133, Thatta 102, Umerkot 150, District West, Karachi 121.
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"The outcomes of reform actions aim to increase enrollment and improve the accountability of teachers and strengthen administrative systems," a spokesperson for the CM house said.
The cm directed the education secretary to submit a progress report and update him on this project by November. "The government has set educational development as one of its key priorities; a strong commitment is demonstrated by declaring an education emergency in the province. We need results," he said.
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