KARACHI (PPI) - The Sindh Literacy and Education Department has offered the Sindh Graduates Association monitoring of schools across the province so that the quality of education and condition of schools could be improved. The department has already handed over certain schools to SGA in Matiari and other districts under adopt-a-school program. I have also offered it to accept the offer of monitoring the schools, said Pir Mazharul Haq, senior minister for education. Speaking at 37th annual ceremony of SGA, the minister deplored the condition of schools in Sindh and especially mentioned absenteeism of teachers. Most of the teachers remain absent from the duty affecting the education of children. This needs to be checked through monitoring. Since the SGA has vast experience of running the schools of its own, he wants SGA to accept the task of monitoring. Pir Mazhar disclosed that during a training session for politicians in US, the SGA was mentioned by the world trainers as one of the best organisations having shown remarkable performance in education and other social welfare fields. Earlier, SGA Chairman Dr Sulaiman Shaikh presented welcome address and highlighted the problems faced by the people of Sindh. The organisation, established in 1972, conferred Life Achievement Awards to prominent personalities including poet and writer Shansheerul Haideri, Bashir Moriani, Muneer Chandio and others and gold medals and shields to a number of other bureaucrats, doctors, best workers etc for their services in the fields of education, health etc. Posthumous awards were also given to the heirs of some SGA leaders. A cultural program was also arranged, which continued till 5.00a.m. Amber Mahak, Qadir Bux MIthoo and other artists enthralled the audience with the folk songs. The students of Roshan Tara schools of SGA also presented tableaus.