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Sindh 350 higher secondary schools future

Karachi, July 16: Owing to the bifurcation of Sindh Education Ministry into two the future of about 350 higher secondary schools that have been upgraded to class XII hangs in balance as they neither fall in the jurisdiction of minister of college education.

These 350 higher secondary schools in the province, including 36 in the city, were being initially run by the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) under Sindh Local Government Ordinance before their handing over to the Sindh Education Department in the year 2004.

The Higher Secondary School system was introduced in 1986-1987 under which schooling system was divided into Primary (from class 1 to IV), Middle (VI to VIII), Elementary (I to VIII) and Higher Secondary (XI and XII).

Admissions to these classes were granted under Centralised Admission Policy, however, the Education Department officials were worried over the situation as two higher classes (XI and XII) come in the purview of Minister for College Education, while the lower classes fall in the jurisdiction of Minister for School Education. This distribution of jurisdiction between the two ministers raised many eyebrows as to who would be authorized and who would be responsible for governing day-to-day affairs of these institutions.

Uncertainty shrouds the school managements as they were confused as to who would run the affairs of these schools, either the chief minister who has recently taken over the portfolio of School Management or the College Education whose portfolio has been given to Hamida Khuhro.

The government's policy of bifurcating Education Department into two tiers has only aggravated the situation, as the schools situated in far flung areas continue facing shortage of staf and other basic facilities.

About 90% of schools that were upgraded to higher secondary schools have not been shaped up accordingly, as most of them comprise regular secondary schools lacking in administration as well as proper academic activities. Teachers say that increasing the number of students would only multiply their problems. Besides, financial implication of Sanction of New Establishment (SNE) is yet another factor that would create further mess, with the new academic session just 15 days away.

Most of the secondary schools upgraded to higher secondary schools severely lack teaching staff and essential facilities, while new campuses for these schools have not been opened which would make it extremely difficult to maintain the standard of education.

Instead of appointing qualified subject specialists, the serving schoolteachers were being asked to teach subjects up to 12th class.

This complex system in the Education Department, particularly at school level, has created confusion among the department officials, as by the time they start understanding the perplexity they were transferred to another department, said an educationist.

This system, said an official of the department, seemed to have been adopted half-heartedly which would eventually lead this sector to total disarray. The news

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