KARACHI - The open test of 13,000 teachers has been conducted while the successful candidates would be appointed on merit till the end of March. Speaking at the launch of Promoting private schooling in Sindh Project Phase-II at a local hotel on Tuesday, Pir Mazharul Haq said that the Sindh government had reopened 1,400 closed schools across the province, while SEF had reopened 25 closed schools in Tharparkar recently. The event was organised by Sindh Education Foundation (SEF). The education minister said that the current government had adopted the merit as principle and any unnecessary recommendation would not be accepted in this regard. Provincial Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq was the chief guest, while Advisors to Chief Minister Sindh Sharmila Farooqui and Qaisar Bangali, former governor Sindh General (retd) Moinuddin Haider, educationists, government officials and members of NGOs attended the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Advisor to Sindh chief minister, Sharmila Farooqui, said that there was a need to undertake reforms in the education sector while the government must protect the interests of the public in the private sector as well as to reconcile both the sectors. She said that education reforms were a gigantic task which required political commitment, bureaucratic efficiency, clarity and consistency. We need reforms in action rather than policy. It is the first time that an action plan has been incorporated as an integral part of the education policy. Sharmila said that public-private partnerships were an important strategy to strengthen the education and social development agenda. She emphasised the need for successful implementation of public private partnership at the national level especially for achieving education for all. She also acknowledged the endeavours of Professor Anita Ghulam Ali, managing director, SEF, for the promotion of public-private partnership education especially in rural and urban slums of the province. Our major aim should be to increase opportunities through development of our youth and consequently for improvement of the standards of living in the country and we can achieved this only through quality education, she added. Private sector is utilising its energies to supplement the cause of education along with the government and their role will help to root out ignorance in the society, Sharmila concluded. Later, the education minister distributed contract certificates to the owners of 101 private schools of district Badin, Dadu, Qambar Shahdad Kot, Khairpur, Larkana, Tharparkar, Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Thatta and Umer Kot.