KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that steps were being taken to improve government school’s management and to increase resources so that the standard of education could be bettered, thence, teachers would get chance to fully concentrate on education.
He said while addressing a meeting with steering committee of Sindh Education Reform Program (SERP) at his office. Representative of World Bank Shafiq-ur-Rehman Paracha, deputy commissioners of all the districts, representatives of Sindh Education Department, Finance Department Sindh, and Regional Education Support Program (RESP), Government of Sindh, were also present on the occasion.
According to SERP plan, 3479 schools would be merged into 680 schools. The commissioner directed all the deputy commissioners to visit the would-be merging schools and review their performances.
Paracha termed it welcoming that Karachi had completed the merging process of schools within time and more than the targeted number.
He said 1000 schools would be merged to make 200 campuses a year. The target of first year was to make 200 campuses until 31st March 2015; however, the target was achieved in October 2014.
“According to plan, different schools established within single vicinity are being merged. Four hundred schools would be merged to make 100 campuses,” he said.
He thanked the commissioner and education and finance departments of Sindh for fast merging schools, releasing schools management committee (SMC) funds and its usage.
Paracha said that Karachi would be presented as a model in other regions of Sindh and would be requested to follow Karachi model to expedite the process so that RESP could be completed on time.
Representative of education department said SMC fund was a big help for fulfilling immediate needs of schools and improving their infrastructures.
The meeting was told that the performances of merged schools were being scrutinized. Twelve schools were selected for this purpose, including Church Mission School where founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah got education.
Siddiqui said selection of Church Mission School for making model showed national enthusiasm and love with the founder of Pakistan. He said that he himself would visit the merged schools to review performance.
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