KARACHI: The Sindh government has allocated at least Rs 326.86 billion for the school education in the budget for the Fiscal Year 2022-23.
While presenting the annual budget in the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday, the chief minister said that non- development budget has been enhanced from Rs 268.41 billion during FY 2021-22 to Rs. 292.639 billion for the next financial year. Whereas, Rs.34.22 billion have been earmarked as development budget for school education department for 2022-23.
According to CM, the school education department is working with a number of international donor agencies such as World Bank and Asian Development Bank and a number of NGOs. We have initiated a number of projects collectively during the current year which are aimed at imparting quality education in public school and brining it at par with the private sector and infrastructure development of public sector school in Sindh.
- Rehabilitation & expansion of high priority 4,560 schools
In order to provide essential facilities to Government Primary/ Elementary/ High & Higher Secondary, schools have been carefully selected on merit in all districts of Sindh. So far “4,000” Schools have been rehabilitated and the rest will be completed up to June 2023.
- This program was started in the year 2016. So far, under this program 106High schools have been approved for construction in 13 districts of Sindh. So far 78 schools have been completed and handed over to various Education Management Organizations – a Public Private Partnership concept.
- More than sixty thousand (60,000) students are directly benefitting from this initiative of Government of Sindh with approximately 6,000 new entrants in these schools.
Sindh Early Learning Enhancement and Classroom Transformation (SELECT)
- Under this World Bank funded program, we aim to upgrade around 600 primary schools to elementary level in 12 districts of the province.
Up gradation of 160 Primary schools to Secondary Schools
- With assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB) under Sindh Secondary Education Improvement Project 160 schools are being up-graded from Primary to Secondary Schools in 10 districts of the province.
Construction of buildings for shelter less primary schools
- 102 schools approved for provision of buildings for shelter-less primary schools consisting of 06 Class Rooms with furniture in each along with Solar Powered System. The program will be completed by June 2025.
Teacher Induction &Training
- Approximately 47,000 teachers have been appointed through third party testing, purely on merit basis, which is unprecedented as no such large scale appointment has been carried out before.
More than 30,000 teachers have been trained on Life Skill Based Education
Training of 1,700 ECE Teachers has been conducted.
Non-formal education in Sindh
- Government of Sindh recently notified the Program Management implementation Unit (PMIU) at the provincial level and 24 PMIUs at Taluka Level for Operationalization of Non-formal education centers in 5 Districts (Umerkot, Mithi Mirpurkhas, Jacobabad & Kashmore) of Sindh. Rs. 3.814 billion have been allocated for operationalization of non-formal education centers in the districts to reduce out of school children rate.
Rehabilitation of high enrolled dangerous primary & elementary schools
- 363 Primary & Elementary Schools have been approved for rehabilitation and provision of missing facilities like Additional Class Rooms, Lavatory Blocks, Boundary Walls and Clean Drinking Water Facility and 119 units will be completed this year.
Provision of missing facilities
- 35 High Schools have been approved for “provision of missing / additional facilities and renovation of existing building of high schools with all facilities which include auditorium halls, computer labs and clean drinking water facility.
Establishment of English medium & comprehensive high schools
- 15 English Medium & 13 Comprehensive high Schools have so far been constructed & would be operational through EMOs from next academic year, while remaining 02 Comprehensive High Schools and 10 English Medium Schools would be completed with all facilities including Science / I.T. Labs and Libraries by end of June, 2022.
- 50,000 School bags with the collaboration of UNICEF distributed among children of 1,550 High Priority Schools.
Out of school children
- School Education Department has facilitated more than 170,000 out of school and drop out children in getting enrollment in 6,351 Non-Formal Education Centers.
- Stipend of Rs. 3,500 each is given to girl students of classes 6th, 9th & 10th for promotion of primary education by SELD since 2001. It relieves parents from financial burden of educating their children and provides an incentive for girls to remain in school. In next financial year budget, Rs. 800 million have been allocated for Girls’ stipend.
Governance Reforms in Education Sector:
- All teaching staff can apply for their Transfer only Through E-Portal / Web portal. This will ensure transparency
- All teachers would be communicated their IDs for E-portal/Web portal and they have to apply for their transfer only on Web portal (once in a year & their transfer would be notified after end of academic year)
- Wedlock, divorce, death of spouse and chronic diseases cases can apply round the year. Government can, at any time, post teachers to closed schools (single teacher schools which have become closed due to death, retirement of promotion of teachers
- Web-portal will only show schools in the GREEN ZONE (where there is need of teachers). No teacher can be posted in any RED category school (schools where teachers are in excess as per the standard STR). So teachers can only apply in schools (green) where there is a need.
Once they apply for a school where there is a need of teacher and their request is approved, their computerized Notification will be uploaded on website /web-portal and would be sent to them on their IDs/mobile phones and on IDs of Director/DEO and their biometrics will be changed automatically.
STEVTA to impart skills training, behavioral therapy, counselling of prisoners
KARACHI: The Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) is all set to impart skills training, behavioral therapy, academic training to transform lives of prisoners as good responsible citizens.
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Stevta Managing Director Munawar Ali Mithani and Syed Munawar Ali Shah, IG, Sindh Prisons & Corrections Services. The agreement focuses on skill training for inmates and convicts at prisons across Sindh.
While talking to Sindhnews, Munawar Ali Mithani said that the MoU will be executed through a committee, comprising members from both sides. The joint core committee will be responsible to oversee and execute all activities of the partnership meant for rehabilitation of the prisoners including academic and technical vocational training program to transform the lives of prisoners to make them skilled, educated and good responsible citizens once they complete their period of conviction or confinement.
“Whereas in accordance with the vision, aim and objective of this MoU, both the partners have agreed to make collaborative efforts to arrange facilities for academic and vocational training exclusively for prisoners for their rehabilitation and to transform their lives to be skilled, educated and good citizens:, he added.
Elaborating further, Mr Mithani says Sindh Prisons and Corrections Service Act & Rules 2019 delineates about reformation, rehabilitation of the prisoners through different ways and means and to achieve such objectives. The program includes mandatory workshop training, academic coaching and behavioral therapy, which may upgrade education and character levels through intensive counselling and coaching to transform their lives.
- – Way Forward – Road Map
- Identify the most feasible academic and vocational training skills in the context of local economic potential to be imparted to the prisoners.
- Develop Operational Training Manual to manage academic and vocational training facilities including fund disbursement relating to education and training expenses in terms of consumable, tools and equipment and salaries of trainers.
- – Procurement
Wherever, the procurement process in involved, Stevta will proceed in accordance with prescribed procurement procedures under SPPRA Rules 2010.
- – Roles and Responsibilities
- Stevta will provide technical assistance to build the capacity of lead project team to successfully implement the project in Sindh province. The assistance shall include to guide and train the implementers to revamp existing training facilities in the selected prisons on modern lines by following international best practices.
- All the expenses of the cost of technical assistance and equipment will be borne by Stevta and utilities with its allied accessories (electricity, gas, water, internet) shall be the responsibility of SP&CS.
- The assessment and certification of the prisoners shall be made by the Sindh Board of Technical Educatuion/Sindh Trade Testing Board.
- – Mandatory Provision
The above mutually agreed roles and responsibilities of the training program would be obligatory on both the partners, who shall be responsible for successful implementation of the project in the prisons of Sindh. Initially the period of MoU will be for 3 years extendable for further period depending on mutual understanding.
Yar Mohd Baladi – Director Education, an educationist, physics expert, book-lover
KARACHI: While belonging to well-known family of Sijhoro, a town of Sanghar district, Yar Muhammad Baladi son of Muhammad Urs Baladi was born at small village namely Darya Khan Baladi on December 14, 1967.
His father Muhammad Urs Baladi was a well-known landlord of the area who also owned an established business of livestock. Yar Muhammad Baladi has six brothers and one sister.
Yar Muhammad Baladi received his primary education from the Government Primary School in his native town Darya Khan Baladi while secondary education from the Government High School, Khadro, Sanghar. He passed matriculation from the Board of Secondary Education Hyderabad by securing good grades in 1982.
He passed his intermediate from the Government Degree College, Sanghar affiliated with the Board of Intermediate Education Hyderabad with flying colors. Similarly, he passed Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the Government Degree College Sanghar in 1987.
After graduating from the college, Yar Muhammad Baladi moved to Hyderabad and did his Master of Science (MSc) in Physics from the University of Sindh, the prestigious educational institution of the province, in 1989.
Soon after his master’s degree, Yar Muhammad qualified the competitive selection process and joined the School Education Department (formerly Education and Literacy Department) as HST (Science Teacher) BS-16 in 1989.
With a vision to be the pioneer in the education sector, Mr Baladi did Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from the University of Sindh in 1993 and clinched first division. In the meantime, he also completed his another B.Ed from Allama Iqbla Open University (AIOU) in 1994. Yet again he grabbed first position.
In 1995, Yar Muhammad Baladi was promoted to BS-17 as Subject Specialist after which he started teaching Physics to the students of First Year.
Being crazy and vying for advancement in teaching standards, Yar Muhammad Baladi did M.Ed from the University of Sindh. Mr Baladi had also served as Coordinator of the Decentralized Elementary Education Project (DEEP) from 2007 onwards.
In 2011, Baladi was promoted to BS-18 and posted as District Education Officer (DEO), Academic and Training Sanghar. He was then posted as DEO Sanghar in 2013. He had also served as DEO Nawabshah.
He was promoted to BS-19 in 2013 and posted as DEO Sanghar where he served for a period of more than three years. He was posted as DEO Qamber-Shahdadkot in 2016 where he served for two years.
In 2018, he was posted as DEO Badin, then DEO Secondary at Naushehro Feroz district, DEO Badin, DEO Primary at Mithi and again as DEO Sanghar.
In June 2021, Yar Muhammad Baladi was posted as DEO Primary Karachi East. Similarly, he was posted as DEO Secondary Karachi East the same year. In October 2022, Mr Baladi was prmoted to BS-20 and posted as Director Elementary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Karachi where he is working with utmost commitment, dedication and honesty till date.
Dr Qasim, Rashid Khoso get cleared from ‘blackmailing fake complaints’
KARACHI: The probe committee which was tasked to investigate the allegations against the officers of College Education Department of the Sindh Government has concluded its inquiry and termed the complaints as baseless, fabricated, false and blackmailing tactics to dent the reputation of the department, it is learnt.
While taking stern notice of the unknown complaints against the well-reputed officers, Secretary College Education Department Ahmed Bux Narejo had constituted a three-member inquiry committee to investigate the matter and submit him a report.
The three-member inquiry committee comprised Prof Rashid Ahmed Mahar, Principal DJ Sindh Government Science College as chairman while Prof Syed Sarwar Ali Shah, Principal Government Commerce and Economic College Karachi and Prof Abdul Qadir, Principal Nabi Bagh ZM Government College Karachi as its members.
According to inquiry report exclusively available with the Sindhnews, the meeting of the fact finding committee was held on May 30, 2023 to investigate the allegations leveled by some accusers namely Aslam and others against two officers of the college education department namely Rashid Khoso Deputy Director and Muhammad Qasim Rajper, Deputy Director (Now Director Finance).
“The committee observed that there are two applications termed as anonymous with same content and allegations with different fake names and CNICs mailed to high-ups of the department by a handful of blackmailers and vested interest elements without any concrete evidence.
The applications have been dispatched from various cities, which are considered as tactics of blackmailing and malign the reputed officers of the department. The anonymous application which initiated the investigations lacked substantial evidence to support the allegations made against the officers in question.”
The committee thoroughly reviewed the official records, documents and correspondence related to the officers and found no evidence of misconduct or wrongdoing. Interviews were conducted with relevant officers, including the accused officers however no credible evidence or testimonies were obtained to substantiate the allegations, the report says.
The committee carefully analyzed all available information and determined that the allegations were baseless and fabricated with ulterior motives by vested interest elements. The committee is of the opinion that officers in question have demonstrated exemplary professionalism, honesty and competence in their jobs within the college education department.
There is no evidence to support the allegations made against them and the committee finds such information to be false, fabricated and malicious in nature. It is imperative to safeguard the reputation and integrity of the officers, as well as maintain trust and confidence within the department.
The committee recommends dismissing the baseless allegations against the officers and taking appropriate measures to protect their reputations. Efforts should be made to identify the individuals responsible for spreading false allegations and take necessary disciplinary actions against them. Besides, steps should be taken to raise awareness within the department about the consequences of making baseless accusations and the importance of maintaining a fair and transparent work environment. The committee suggested that regular monitoring and evaluation systems should be established to detect and address any potential false accusation in the future.
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