Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the education department to work out a detailed plan to improve overall education system, reduce drop out ratio and develop capacity building of teachers.
He said this while presiding over a meeting at Chief Minister House to review the status of public sector education in the province, said a statement issued here on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Education Aziz Uqaili, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and others.
The chief minister said that he had declared emergency in education sector but the net results are not encouraging.
There was a dire need of giving proper attention to the weakness in the system so that they could be improved, he added.
Secretary Education Aziz Uqaili briefing the chief minister said that the enrolment target for primary was fixed at 77 percent against which 65 percent had been achieved. The enrolment target for middle school was set at 45 percent against which 35 percent achieved and the target for secondary was fixed at 35 percent against which 25 percent was achieved. Adding that literacy ratio was 60 percent while the target had been set at 70 percent for 2018.
He said that the latest published report of Pakistan Education Statistics 2014-15 by National Education Management Information System, Islamabad said that in Sindh the total school children of 5-16 years age are 11.9 million of them 6.66 million were out of school.
Adding that overall 11,991,067 children 5-16 year of age of them 5327,706 were in school and 6,663,361 were out of school. On this the chief minister said that it meant that 55.6 percent children were out of school.
The secretary education said that the dropout rate at primary level was 12.6 percent in 2014-15 and every year it was being reduced by three percent.
The meeting was informed that in 2016-17 there were 45,555 schools in the province, of them 42,383 are viable and 3172 nonviable. The overall enrolment in 2015-16 was 4,145,219 while it improved to 4229,128 in 2016-17. This showed a difference of 83,909 or 2 percent increase. Similarly, in 2015-16 there were 156,216 teachers which reduced to 150,787 in 2016-17. The difference of 5429 teachers wither retired or resigned due to start of biometric attendance system.
Talking about major issues, Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar said that most of the school buildings are in dilapidated condition, roofs of majority of the schools were dangerous.
The chief minister was told that necessary measures had been taken to strengthen governance in schools, 1016 headmasters at primary level had been appointed and education management cadre had also been introduced.
Murad Ali Shah said that he was not happy with the state of schools in the province and the drop ratio whether it is accurate or not but is quite disappointing.
He directed the education department to select 15000 primary schools as model schools and provide them all facilities and keep a proper teachers-student ratio and monitor their education process through proper surveillance and inspections.
This process would definitely improve education at primary level. Similarly, 1000 secondary and higher secondary schools may also be selected as model school. In the meeting it was pointed out that most of the government schools were functioning without electricity.