Seminar urged o take ownership of the education institutions

JAMIL KHAN
SUKKUR: The opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA), Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah has urged the educational fraternity and the civil society to take ownership of the education institutions and bring a significant improvement in enrolment and standard of education within their respective areas.
This he stated while addressing the day long seminar on measures to improve primary education in Sindh at Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
The seminar was organised by Sindh Education Improvement Programme (SEIP), collaboration by Sukkur IBA, here on Saturday.
Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said that big challenges are ahead in education sector which must be addressed adding that it is very important that the Senior Minister for Education has accepted the challenges in Education Department, but active participation from civil society and the academicians was very much essential to make his campaign more successful.
He said that compared to the private sector, the government was providing more salaries, but even so they had failed to come up to the expectations of the people as regards the standard of education and the enrolment and literacy rate.
 He said major challenges needed to be addressed in the education sector, adding that after the standard of education, the biggest challenge was the dropout rate of the students.
Senior Minister Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that the realizing such ground realities, the Government has introduced many incentives under which stipend and free textbooks are being provided to primary schools, he said adding that the Government was planning to extend this facility up to metric level.
He said that we were striving towards improving quality by conducting more training programmes for teachers, improving the quality of textbooks.
He requested the civil society to help the government monitor the performance of such teachers and put an end to the phenomenon of absentee teachers adding that entire population of Sindh is responsible for the fall in education standards at public sector schools.
He said that the Sindh Government was giving priority to education and increasing the literacy rate and has enhanced the annual budget of the Education Department from Rs 4 billion to Rs 14 billion during last five years.
Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that the government was fully aware of the importance of availability of reliable data which could be used for future planning.
On the occasion, Director General, Chief Minister Sindh Inspection Team Syed Shafiq Hyder Musavi, Director Sukkur IBA Nisar Ahmed Sidiqui, Ex MPA Dr Nasarullah Baloch also spoke the seminar.
Government officials, eminent educationists as well as civil society and large number of students attended the seminar.