KARACHI - Provincial Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said on Thursday that all private schools were bound to teach Sindhi language, nazra Quran and Islamiat.

He was presiding over a meeting of representatives of private schools here at Tughlaq House, Sindh Secretariat.

Special Secretaries Aliya Shahid and Zakir Hussain Shah, Private Institutions DG Dr Mansoob Siddiqui, Trust School Chairman Jamil Yousuf, All Sindh Private Schools Chairman Khalid Shah and others also attended the meeting.

DG Mansoob Siddiqui told the meeting that almost all private schools were teaching the Sindhi language, and if he received any information to the contrary, action would be taken against the violator. The education minister directed the special secretary to co-ordinate with Home Department for issuance of arms licences to the private schools managements on priority basis, which, in return, should ensure safety of the students and comply with the orders of Home Department and furnish details to Police and Rangers. Dahar also emphasised that compliance with the Sindh High Court’s judgment on enhancement of tuition fees be ensured besides enforcement of Sindh Private Educational Institutions Ordinance 2001 Amended Act 2003 and Rules 2005.

He further said, “We have to bridge the gap between private schools and Sindh Education Department in order to ensure better coordination.”

Earlier, Dahar paid a surprise visit to the offices of education department and found out that more than 30 employees, including the additional secretary, section officers, came late to the office. He directed the special Secretary to issue explanation letters to the latecomers. He also expressed his annoyance over lack of cleanliness at office’s premises and ordered action against the responsible staff.

Eid Miladun Nabi; public

holiday in Sindh

KARACHI (APP):  The government of Sindh has declared December 12 as public holiday on account of Eid Miladun Nabi (12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal).

According to a notification, all offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under the administrative control of the Government of Sindh, except essential services, will remain closed.