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Sindh govt giving priority to health and education sectors

KARACHI: Sindh government is giving priority to the health and education sectors and has made matchless performance in these sectors.Government is committed to provide qualitative services to the people in these most important social sectors in future as well. Spokesman of Sindh Chief Minister House said this was evident from the fact education received highest share of resources and government allocated Rs 134.32 billion for non-development expenditure of the education in current financial year 2014-2015 and Rs 10.7 billion for development of its infrastructure.Similarly provincial health department has been allocated non-salary allocation of Rs 43.583 billion with 13.2 billion for its Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2014-15.He said in view of importance, portfolio of these two departments remained under the administration of top most senior ministers in the Cabinet.On reports about poor performance of these sectors the spokesman said the tangible development and deliveries and record reflected the marvelous performance of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government especially in education, health and other sectors of social development. He said it was first time government made school specific budget for 43,000 schools in Sindh to ensure each school to get its earmarked budget. Similarly allocation of Rs 10.7 billion has been made for the development side of education sector under which 10 public schools each at Umerkot, Sanghar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Ghotki, Matiari, Kambar Shahdadkot, Gadap, Dadu and Jacobabad and 8 new cadet colleges each at Dadu, Gadap, Mithi, Khairpur, Karam Pur, Jacobabad, Badin, Tando Jam and two other cadet colleges exclusively for girls each at Shaheed Benazir Abad and Ghari Khuda Bux were being established.  In addition establishment of Bilawal Bhutto Engineering College at Lyari, government Girls Degree College Tando Jam and Law College at Sukkur and Karachi has also been planned.He said work on establishment of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law would also be initiated this year and it would be the first university of law in the country.The spokesman informed the PPP government has completed 19 schemes in education sector including establishment of Law College at Hala New Larkana, construction of 137 schools in district Umerkot, government Girls Degree College Mehrabpur, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto government Degree College and Nusrat Bhutto Boys Degree College Lyari.On the standard of the education he said government was inheritated 5,000 closed schools in the province and un-trained teaching staff in the functional schools. He said government re-opened about 2,000 closed schools, while 3,000 remaining schools were being re-opened shortly for which induction of 20,000 primary schoolteachers, junior schoolteachers, higher schoolteachers was in progress. He said Sindh government has provided professional training to more than 50,000 teachers including 30,000 teachers under the Canadian International Development Agency funded teachers training programme and other under the induction training programme to ensure qualitative education in the province.He said government was also planning to convert Provincial Institute of Teaching Education (PITE) into the university to enhance the capacity building of the teachers and standard of education upto grass root level. He said constitution of Curriculum Adviser Committee (CAC) was was the credit of PPP government to revise and update the curriculum for having standard education. He said at present under CAC curriculum from class 1 to class 4 has been revised.He said the non-salary budget of health sector was constantly being increased year to year as such Rs 43.583 billion have been allocated to this sector in current financial year with 20 percent increase as compare to last year.

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