HYDERABAD: In a bid claimed to be aimed at revitalising the standard of government school education, Education Minister Sardar Ali Shah enrolled his daughter and two nieces in a government primary school in Hyderabad on Friday.
Shah, accompanied by his brother, Syed Sartaj Shah, daughter, Kaiful Wara and nieces Uneza and Aliza, visited Government Girls Pilot (Miran) Secondary and Primary School in Heerabad.
The minister filled the admission form for his eight-year-old daughter, who will be enrolled in class four. She was earlier enrolled in Bahria Foundation School in Umerkot district. His niece, Uneza, has been admitted to class four and Aliza to class six.
“The students will attend the school from Monday,” the headmistress, Rabia Akhtar, told the media. Speaking to the media, the minister said he has fulfilled his commitment, which he had made in the assembly, to provide government school education to his children. He added that he has set an example for the other government functionaries, government school teachers and rich people to enroll their children in pubic schools as well.
“The [government] teachers send their own children to private schools but teach the children of others at government schools,” observed Shah, pointing it out as one of the problems affecting the quality of education. “If these teachers were teaching their own children in their classrooms, the standard of education would definitely improve.”
He said the people who work for government schools do not own the institutions, which adversely affects the quality. “But, now I can question these teachers to tell me where their children study.”
According to the headmistress, more than 2,600 girls from kindergarten to class ten are enrolled in the school where the total strength of the teachers stands at 120. There are 67 classrooms and 12 toilets in the school.
Akhtar apprised the minister that the school required a solar system because they frequently encounter power outages during school hours. She also informed Shah that the school faced a shortage of furniture and an auditorium with a capacity of more than 600 people remained idle because the school cannot buy furniture and the sound system.
The requirement for installation of CCTV cameras for security reasons and provision of funds for fuel for the school’s point bus was also made before the minister.
According to an official source, Akhtar is a BS-18 employee who has been given charge of the school’s BS-19 headmistress on an OPS basis. She was promoted to BS-18 earlier this year but was given the acting charge of the school’s headmistress more than two years ago.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2018.