KARACHI - Speakers of a national conference on education attributed politicians, bureaucrats and others as reasons for the deteriorating education in Sindh province, strongly recommending de-politicisation of education sector as well as ensuring the merit in recruitments and transfer posting of the teachers.

This was established at a conference titled “Education the Way Forward”, organised by the Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) which was attended by ministers, educationists, bureaucrats and civil society members in large number.

The conference through its recommendations demanded of the government to form a District Education Committee under District Judges, which consists of representatives of parents, media, education department and civil society.

The National Conference came up with another proposal that a local magistrate may be deputed by District Judge to make on-spot inquiry and recommend disciplinary action against the errant teacher/person, besides a provincial advisory council and district education committees must be made effective instruments of enforcement of the fundamental rights in providing education.

Michael Doodman, Consul General of USA in Karachi while speaking in inaugural session of conference appreciated the effort of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) in education sector.

USA CG further stated support for education in Pakistan is one of the United States Government’s top priorities.  Education is the key to future prosperity and economic growth, and the US and the Government of Pakistan are working together towards a brighter future for the people of Pakistan.

Sharing the detail of USAid in education and other sectors in Sindh, CG of USA said that different projects involving amount of $155 million dollars are in progress in the province, which include strengthening and construction of 120 schools in 12 areas of Sindh province, adding that strong focus is being given on girls’ education in this progamme.

“There are many education initiatives underway, and many of you here today are passionate about improving education. The key is sustainability. While we hope US funded programs will make a difference, the effort to create sustainable improvements in the quality of education for all Pakistani youth needs to be a Pakistani-led process,” Dadman concluded.

President of SANA Jameel Daudi, Air Marshal (r) Riaz Ahmed Shaikh and Noorul Nisar Ghanghro shared the objectives of the organisation for the betterment in education sectors for Sindh province. They formally announced launching of the Sindh Schooling System (SSS), under which schools would be adopted by SANA in Sindh province with clear objective to improve the education in Sindh.

Senior Minister of Sindh Government for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that shortcoming prevails but Sindh government is working hard for the betterment of education.

Sindh has 48000 schools with 13 million students and increasing number of universities to 40, besides comprehensive schools also planned to be constructed in the province, education minister said, adding that unfortunately the required results not achieved.

He said that Rs131 billion being spent on the salaries of the teachers and other staff in education sector but education not improving unfortunately.

He said that despite having large workforce in the department, even senior teachers getting the more salary than we ministers, but they are not ready to teach the students.

Sindh High Court’s sitting judge Justice Aqeel Abbasi while terming the passage of Sindh free and compulsory education to the children of 5 to 16 law by PPP’s Sindh Government said that legislators has taking interest in education for first time, which is commendable.

Kasier Bengaali, Economist and Advisor to Balochistan Government on planning, said that Sindh education sector was now continuously declining. The Governments have been failed in providing education to people, he observed

Chief Secretary of Sindh government Sajad Saleem Hotyana said that Public Private Partnership is only solution of education and health issues. He underlined the need merit in the education sector.

Advisor to CM for Finance Department of Sindh Government Syed Murad Ali Shah offered the private sector to come forward to adopt schools in Sindh, which is key to improve the education system in the province.

Education Secretary Fazullah Pechoho, Aijaz Turk of SANA, analyst Haris Gazdar, Dr Ayub Shaikh, Dr Karim Rajpar, Ghulam Nabi Morai and others also spoke at the conference.