Chaotic situation prevails in Sindh Education Department
Karachi, July 9: The sudden bifurcation of Education Ministry by the Sindh chief
minister has created an uncertain situation in the Education Department that
directly deals with the prospects of future generation. The then full fledged
Minister for Education and Literacy Hamida Khuro was not in the city, while the
department officials are unconcerned of the projects that had to be completed by
the end of summer vacation.
The chief minister has not yet issued any
orders for the projects that should be completed by the end of this month. These
projects include the publishing of books and its distribution to school children
free of cost. The Sindh Textbook Board has already delayed its process of
publishing books owing to a number of reasons, while the curtailment of
education minister's powers has become another lame excuse for delaying the
printing of books.
About 3.5 million books were to be printed and
distributed to the government school students from class I to X free of cost
under Education for All Programme.
Besides this, the decision to open
academic session was yet to be finalised, as most of the private school
managements have already announced that schools will be re-opened from August 1,
while the Education Department was strictly complying with August 16 date. This
tug of war between the private school managements and the Education Department
was yet not over.
The provincial Education Department, however, has
announced imposing penalty for the schools which start their session from August
1. The penalty includes sealing of schools and suspension of their registration.
These issues were not taken up and discussed by any quarters concerned, as the
chief minister was busy touring interior Sindh and inquiring flood affectees,
which many describe as an election campaign.
Furthermore, tests for
school teachers at all levels were postponed and the new dates were not yet
announced, which too had worsened the situation, while it was said that
appointments had been made internally.
This alarming situation has
worried teachers who paid
Rs100 for entry test which was non-refundable
and the department had received millions of rupees. The question as to who would
bear the responsibility for this episode still looms large.
important issues confronting the Education Department with regard to school
managements remain pending, as the chief minister with added Education portfolio
had not had enough time to cope with the situation.
Only three weeks are
left in this month, while the books are not available in the market to enable
the students prepare for the new academic session, as the shopkeepers at Urdu
Bazar are awaiting the supply of these books.
Even the secretary
education is not aware of the chaotic situation, while the officials of Hamida
Khuro, her private secretary, PA and PRO are tight lipped about the on-going
affairs at the Education Department as well as about who is running the
department. the news
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