KARACHI – The World Bank would extend $300million over the next four years to support education in Sindh, said an official of the Sindh Education and Literacy Department on Sunday.

He said that Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy, Pir Mazhar ul Haq, held a meeting with a delegation of the World Bank mission, led by Dhushynth Raju. The official further pointed out that the mission appreciated the government's efforts regarding education reforms programme-I. He said the education minister highlighted the government's efforts towards the promotion of education.

The WB agreed to continue teachers recruitment, school-specific budgets, management reforms, school construction.

The education minister also highlighted the government's efforts for education like establishment of STEDA, development of Geographical Information System (GIS).

On the recommendation of WB team, the minister issued some immediate directives to align the reforms with government efforts. Other WB mission members included Umbreen Arif (Education specialist Pakistan), Secretary Education Mukhtar Hussain Soomro, Special Secretary Education Sajjad Abbasi, Parveez Seehar Chief Program Manger (RSU) and Ghulam Nabi (Deputy Program Manager) participated in the meeting on the design of Sindh Education Reform Program-II (SERP-II).