Karachi is to be first of the districts in Sindh to adequately utilise the funds allotted for the School Education Reform Project (Serp).
The Education Department of Karachi is developing 30 different educational complexes, each comprising three to four functional government schools on a single premises, in mid- and low-income localities of the city. The School Complex Project, expected to encompass all government and nationalised schools across Karachi, was initiated under the World Bank sponsored SERP.
Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui, during a visit to some of these complexes on Wednesday said facilities provided through the project will be complimented with a well-trained teaching staff.
Siddiqui told the teachers and other officials present on the occasion that World Bank authorities have acknowledged the successful and efficient completion of the first phase of the project. Under the arrangement, each of the 30 complexes was refurbished with new classes, library, toilets and clean water coolers.
The principal of the school, Mehrunisa Junejo, informed the commissioner that the funds made available to her under the project were mainly utilised for general improvements, such as painting the classroom and buying portable water coolers, and more were needed to further improve the condition of the school. Siddiqui assured her that as per directives of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and education minister Nisar Ahmad Khuhro special measures were being adopted to ensure the implementation of the SERP.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2014.