KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Saturday that since educational expenses of each child cost the government Rs800 per month, then bringing another two to three million out- of-school children back to school was a doable target for him.

This he said while presiding over a meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) of Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Education Jam Mahtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Secretary Education Fazal pechuho and others. Briefing the Board, MD SEF Naheed Shah Durrani said that by now the Foundation had an outreach to 2447 schools, having an enrollment of 491,555 students.

“Most of Foundation’s supported low- cost schools are located in remote rural areas and serve students belonging to extremely poor families,” she said, and added, “Also the Foundation continues to work on quality components to ensure that students learning levels meet a minimum quality assurance criterion.”

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah examined the Foundation’s portfolio and observed that if, at an average cost of Rs800 per child/ per month inclusive of administrative expenditure, the government can provide minimum prescribed quality of education then bringing another 2 to 3 million out-of-school children to the schools should be a doable target for his government.

He asked members of the Board, including ex officio members to begin thinking on doable options.

Minister for Education Jam Mahtab Dahar said that the government would explore all options to bring out-of-school children to schools and would ensure that children of under-developed regions were not left out.

The Board approved the innovative interventions proposed by the SEF management for enhancing the quality of education in SEF supported schools, including introduction of technology in 600 SEF schools and beginning a Fellowship Programme titled, “Teach for Change” on the pattern of Teach for Pakistan.

Under Foundation’s introduction of technology intervention, an ADP scheme titled; “Introduction of Smart Teaching and Learning in Schools” (INSTAL); SEF partner schools will be provided with a curriculum software; 30 computer tablets per school for students and matching grants for solar panels.

The objectives are to facilitate introduction of technology based learning and teaching for students by supplementing traditional teaching methods.

Further through “Teach for Change” Fellowship Programme, the Foundation will encourage fresh graduates to teach for short periods of time in Foundation supported schools and become “change agents” in multiple ways by assisting in teaching certain subjects; improving school learning environment, and strengthening academic planning.

He also instructed both the government organisations to explore possibilities of optimum utilisation of government school buildings, especially dysfunctional schools; starting afternoon shifts to bring in greater number of children to the schools.

The Board approved the post- primary education policy presented by the Foundation for enabling the students to move on to secondary education and beyond. The forum also approved the Foundation’s budget 2016-17 and the revised budget 2015-16.It was observed that 89% of budget was being spent on student fees besides student and school support services.