KARACHI - The Sindh Education Department has decided to give eight more government schools to a Non-Governmental Organisation - Bookgroup - for adoption while the government would provide the NGO around Rs 200 million for running the academic system, a source concerned told The Nation on Friday. Bookgroup is the partner organisation of the Zindagi Trust, and both the entities are already running the adopted government schools, situated in premises of SMB Government Girls College in the metropolis. The source said that the provincial government had yet to release the fund, but the said NGO would initiate working after receiving the cheque of Rs 200 million. The government has decided to handover three schools from Badin and five from Karachi to Bookgroup, he said and added that two years back, the government schools at SMB Government Girls College had been adopted by Zindagi Trust, while such schools were performing quite well as compare to previous administration. On other hand, the government officials, including Secretary Education Sindh Siddiqu Memon, were not available to give their comments on the issue, while Additional Secretary Education (Schools) Riaz Memon and Additional Secretary Education (Academics) Taj Muhammad Ceelro told The Nation the said area was beyond their working authority. Conversely, the senior officials of the Bookgroup, Akber Khan, while commenting on the issue, said he was not aware about the governments decision to hand over these government schools to his NGO, but the governments decision would really go in favour of these schools. He said, Our two years performance can be seen at SMB Government schools that were adopted nearly two years back despite of the huge criticism by some organisations. After two years, the significant change at these schools is the certificate of our day and night efforts. It is pertinent to mention here that the provincial government had also decided to produce government colleges to Zindagi Trust for adoption. But due to strong resistance from Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), the government had had taken back its decision of handing over to NGO some government colleges, including SMB Government Girls College, Government Rana Liaquat Ali Khan Home Economics College and Khatoon-e-Pakistan College. When SPLA Leader Prof Iftikhar Azmi was contacted for their views, he said that it was not beyond to expectation, as the government had already provided government schools to NGOs for adoption. He pointed out that despite of having the government support the said NGOs had failed to bring any positive change in these institutions despite that fact that two years had passed. He said strange curricula were being taught in these schools, these curricula were totally different from the original one set by the government. He said, The decision, made in 2007 under the previous government, of handing over these public institutions to Zindagi Trust was highly condemnable. But the disgusting thing is that the present government is doing nothing to take back such senseless decision, contrary to this more institutions are being produced for adoption. Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khanhas had played vital in term of taking back the education departments decision of handing over the management of RLAK Govt College of Home Economics and Khatoon-e-Pakistan Girls College to Zindagi Trust and Bookgroup.