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2,401 schools functioning in Sindh under PPP scheme, PA told

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly was told on Monday that 2,401 schools were functioning across the province under the public-private partnership programme through the Sindh Education Foundation.

Giving replies to the lawmakers’ queries during Question Hour in the provincial assembly, Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah said that 23 schools — 15 in Khairpur and eight in Sukkur — had so far been outsourced to educational organisations through the public-private partnership programme.

Answering a question, he said 989 low-cost schools were being operated by the Promoting Private Schools in Rural Sindh Programme, 1,130 by the SEF Assisted Schools Programme, 151 by SEF Middle and High School Programme, 50 by the Existing School Support Programme and 81 by Adol­escent and Adult Learning and Training Programme.

In reply to another question, the minister said that 1,305 private secondary schools and 218 private primary schools had been registered in the past five years. He said that the private schools registered in the past five years included 88 Cambridge-system schools.

Replying to another question, he said that the privately managed institutions in the province were registered under the Sindh Private Educational Institutions (Regulation & Control) Ordinance 2001, Amended Act, 2003 and Rules 2005.

Mr Shah further stated that the directorate of curriculum, assessment and research had planned and completed review of the curriculum.

He said that after the 18th Constitutional Amendment, powers to review the curriculum had been delegated to the province. “Textbooks for Grade IX-X are in development process; hopefully [they] will be completed by the end of this academic year. The curriculum of grade XI-XII is under revision and will be handed over to the Sindh Textbook Board by March 2019, then the process of development of new textbooks will be carried out and most probably will be completed during academic year 2019-20,” he added.

In reply to another question, he said there was no shortage of furniture in any college in Karachi. “The government is making efforts to provide furniture to the newly constructed colleges as per requirement after observing the formalities of SPPRA,” he said and added that arrangements had been made to provide furniture to run academic activities. He said that there were around 52,572 students in 32 public colleges in Karachi.

Answering another question, he said that Bibi Asifa Government Girls Degree College had been functioning since academic year 2017-18.

In reply to a question, the minister said that there was no violation of rules in the posting of taluka education officer as no teacher was posted as a TEO.

Moreover, he added, the post of TEO was being filled either by a headmaster or a cadre officer in BPS-17.

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