Qaim constitutes committee to solve contract employees' issues
Karachi, Feb 23: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced formation of a committee to look into issues pertaining to the employees appointed on contract basis in the Education Department.
He was addressing the Sindh Assembly session on Monday on a point of order raised by MPA Nusrat Saher Abbasi belonging to the Opposition benches.
The Sindh CM clarified that there was no plan to dismiss the employees appointed on ad hoc basis and that there was at the same time no programme to immediately give permanent jobs to the 0.1 million employees appointed on contract.
He said that the committee will submit its report within a week and added that the provincial government has to look into its financial repercussions.
Shah said that the province was already facing a financial crisis due to the floods last year and added that development funds have also been curtailed by 3 percent in this context.
"It is our effort to give employment to those on contract while abiding all the laws," he said while referring to various orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The committee, formed in this connection, will comprise Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul- Haq, Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and MQM representatives including Syed Sardar Ahmed. appYour Comments
Education dept employees lash out at PPP
Naushahro Frroze: Protesting staff of the Education Department has lashed the Pakistan Peoples' Party for deviating from its manifesto by removing the poor from their jobs instead of creating more opportunities.
More than 50 lower staff employees led by Mohammad Ali Qureshi, Mohammad Sachal and Asghar Bahlani took out a rally from the Government Girls High School Moro.
They said that they had hoped the PPP would regularise their jobs after coming into power but were shell-shocked over losing their services. They said that around 7,187 people including peons, watchmen and other non-teaching staff were hired on contract basis and now they were being shown the door.
They appealed to the Sindh Chief Minister to compassionately consider their cases and order their instatement, immediately. Dawn
BSEK announces schedule of collecting enrolment cards
Karachi: Secretary Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Hoor Mazhar has announced the enrolment cards of SSC part-I (Class IX) Science and General (Regular Candidates) Annual Examination-2011 shall be ready for collection as per following schedule: The schools of New Karachi, North Nazimabad and Gulberg Towns could collect enrolment cards on Feb 28, while Liaquatabad, Jamshed and Gulshan-e-Iqbal towns on March 1, Shah Faisal, Landhi and Korangi towns on March 2, Malir, Bin Qasim and Orangi towns on March 4, Keamari, Saddar and Lyari towns on March 5. Enrolment cards of the science group could be collected from enrolment science section near the examination store and enrolment cards of general group from room
No 22, Block B from 09:30am to 4pm while on Fridays 09:30am to 12 noon. ppi
700 private schools to open in Sindh
Karachi: The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) has launched the third phase of its Promoting Low-Cost Private Schooling in Rural Sindh (PPRS) project under which at least 700 additional private schools will be opened across 10 targeted districts.
The project was launched during a seminar at a local hotel on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Director SEF Aziz Kabani said that their foundation was working for the promotion of public-private partnership for providing access to quality education in underprivileged areas of Sindh.
The efforts of the Adopt-A-School Programme (AASP) and its partners for public school reform were highlighted on the occasion. Two of the SEF's flagship initiatives working with public and private sectors were also showcased at the event.
Senior Manager SEF Ambreena Ahmed presented the SEF portfolio, introducing the interventions undertaken in the public, private and community schooling sectors. SEF officials Adnan Mobin (Senior Manager, Learning Support Unit), Tauseef Latif (Manager, Assessment Unit) and Noman Siddiqui (Senior Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation) highlighted SEF's work in various areas.
SEF's PPRS Coordinator Sana-e-Zehra Haidry presented the PPRS project model as one of SEF's primary public-private partnership initiatives in Sindh. The project aims to promote long-term public-private partnership through providing per child fee subsidy to 1000 private schools catering to 250,000 direct beneficiaries across Sindh.
"Enrolled students would not pay any tuition fees while the management of the schools will receive Rs 450 per female student and Rs 350 each for male student studying at these schools," she said.
During 2009 and 2010, entrepreneurs for 300 schools under PPRS project received the offer letters for establishing new private schools in 10 districts of Sindh, where dropout rate was higher than other districts. The project was being funded by World Bank and UNESCO.
She also shared the experiences of earlier phases and invited the private sector for partnership in the process of extending free quality education to children from marginalised communities in remote areas.
Senior Manager SEF Sadaf Junaid Zuberi highlighted the AASP milestones since its inception in 1997.
"The results have been noteworthy both in terms of infrastructural improvements in the school and support and improvement of the teaching-learning process. To date more than 350 successful adoptions have been made that benefited thousands of children belonging to marginalised areas," she said.
Aziz Kabani presented the AASP's future plan, saying that the SEF with the commitment of education minister and secretary education was ready to take the public school reforms plan a step forward.
He also underlined that school adoption will be contractual and linked to students learning outcome.
During the question-answer session, the adopters highlighted various challenges they faced and requested for government support in facilitating a more effective reform program in public schools.
Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazhar ul Haq was the chief guest on the occasion. He had to face harsh questions, however, he blamed former regime and local government system for the poor condition of education sector in Sindh.
He lauded the efforts of the SEF towards promoting lasting public-private partnership for the provision of quality education to marginalised children across the province. Later, he gave token of appreciation to the school adopters. The news