ONE SECRETARY CAN’T LOOK AFTER SCHOOLS, COLLEGES: CM
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, after declaring `education emergency’ in the province, held his maiden meeting on the subject and decided to bifurcate the education department into two departments, school education and college education, so that proper concentration could be made right from primary to college level.
The meeting was attended by Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Secretary Education Fazal Pechuho, ACS (Dev) Mohammad Waseem, Principal secretary Naveed Karman Baloch and others.
Briefing the meeting, Secretary Education Fazalullah Pechuho said that there were 45,447 schools in the province where over 145,000 teaching & non-teaching staff were employed. On this, the chief minister said that it was not possible for one secretary to look after schools and colleges at a time.
“I want special and similar focus on school and college education, therefore education department is being bifurcated into two departments, schools and colleges,” he said and directed chief secretary to take necessary measures to implement the decision.
The chief minister said that he had reports that some schools had extra teaching staff while most of the schools were facing shortage in this regard.
Taking policy decision, he directed the secretary education to send the teachers back to the union councils for which they were appointed. “Rationalization of staff is very important for smooth educational activities,” he said.
The CM directed the education department to start collecting school data right from union council level.
He also directed the chief secretary to issue necessary instructions to district administration to keep visiting schools.
The CM also directed the education department to set enrolment targets for each and every school. “There are reports that 48 percent children go to school- it means we have to work hard to bring remaining 52 children percent to school,” he said.
Murad Ali Shah directed the chief secretary to make necessary amendment in the rules that every PCS officer has to work one to two years in administration of education department. This must be made mandatory for promotion.