Allocation of additional funds for education in Sindh budget


KARACHI: The Sindh Finance Department should allocate additional funds in maintenance and repair (M&R) head of the education department in forthcoming fiscal year 2014-15 besides establishment of Sindh Education Fund (SEF) for effective utilisation of foreign funds for the uplift and promotion of education sector.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah presiding over a high level meeting of education and finance departments on Wednesday directed the education department officers to ensure all required facilities in schools of the province specially furniture, fixture and learning items to facilitate the student and teachers.
The meeting agreed with proposal to shift execution of funds utilisation under M&R head from works and services department to the authorities of education department and it was decided final decision in this regard would be taken in joint meeting of works and services, education and finance department.  
Senior Minister for Education and literacy Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said our focus was to upgrade the existing primary secondary and higher secondary schools ensure all missing facilities increase enrolment especially of girl students and ensure qualitative education through administrative and institutional reforms.
I visited many schools previously and gave instructions to management of districts to ensure availability all essential items including furniture, safe drinking water, electricity and other facilities to provide a conducive learning environment to the students and teaching staff, he added.
Meanwhile talking to Ambassador of Finland in Pakistan Rauli Suikkanen Nisar Khuhro said Education City has also been established where many reputable international organisations either were establishing their campus or making joint venture with public and private organisations.
He said Sindh was only the province who has established a university of law. Khuhro said Sindh government has established Investment Board only to facilitate the investors.
He asked Rauli Suikkanen his country should invest here in Education City besides in other manufacturing and energy projects.
He said potential of government’s incentives and cheap labor and vast raw material for agro oriented and energy production was available.
Rauli Suikkanen said we were aware Karachi has importance in this regard. He took interest in the telecom sector, weather forecast, manufacturing of equipments of different fields. He desired for having joint working group of both side to boost up the trade and commerce relations.

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