‘Education very important for uplift, progress of any country’
* Sindh CM says education a provincial subject but provinces to depend on federal govt for financing
KARACHI: Education is now provincial subject as a whole after the passage of 18th Amendment in the constitution, however, as far as finances are concerned, the federal government has to look after all the universities and higher education departments till next National Finance Commission.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah stated this while presiding over a high-level meeting of the education department at the Chief Minister’s House on Tuesday.
According to an official handout, the chief minister said, “Education is a very important factor for the development and progress of any country, and it is the utmost priority of present Pakistan People’s Party government to spread education in every nook and corner of the province for achieving the goal of revolution.” He said that under 5-E programme manifesto of present government, special emphasis has been given to provide incentives and facilities to the students and teachers for dissemination of education throughout the province.
The chief minister directed that the remaining closed schools in the province be opened early so that education is imparted in areas of those schools, for which government will provide necessary assistance.
Shah also stressed that the enrolment of students be further increased in province and particularly the girls’ education be encouraged. He also directed that cadet colleges and public schools be opened to provide latest educational facilities to the needy students of province deprived districts. Further to this, he directed that the process of schools’ upgradation ie from middle schools to high schools (IX and X classes) and from high schools to higher secondary schools (XI and XII classes) be ensured early so that no student intending to get further education is left unentertained.
Shah directed that standard and quality of education be ensured, and under approved policy of one college per taluka headquarter, the remaining 53 taluka’s be provided college buildings early. He stressed upon the officers of education department to utilise the funds with in time and performance of the department be further improved.
Senior Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq informed that there is almost 70 percent achievement in various sectors of education department.
Secretary of the Sindh Education Department Muhammad Siddique Memon highlighted the Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2011-12, and said that there are 104 schemes of education department which include 26 new schemes, 77 ongoing schemes and one scheme not included in the ADP. Regarding funds, he informed that total allocation for schemes is Rs 7,832.016 million which include Rs 1,289.792 million for new schemes, Rs 6,643.208 million for ongoing schemes and Rs 99.016 million for one outside ADP scheme. staff report