There are only 13,500 teachers out of 1, 50,000 schools teachers which can teach math and science to students. That means only 9% teachers can teach science subjects. There are 42,000 public schools in the province, of which a staggering 39,000 schools are limited to imparting primary-level education. There are just 3,000 high schools for the whole province.
There are around 10,000 primary schools in Sindh consisting on one room. There are 17,700 schools which have only one teacher to teach young students. The students of 5,000 schools have been forced to sits on the floors as there is no furniture available to them.
The number of non-functional schools in the province has reached 3,127. Although more than 7.5 million (750,000) students were admitted to nursery schools, only 440,000 could reach the intermediate level. The big number of students’ dropout during high school studies. Less number of students makes it to intermediate level.
Sindh minister for education Syed Sardar Ali Shah made staggering revelations in his opening speech at a consultative workshop organized to discuss the suggestions to improve the public education. The situation is alarming as for as public education is concerned. The pathetic conditions exist in public sector primary level schools, which need to address immediately.
The participants including Opposition Leader in the Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi, MPAs Shaharyar Mahar, Nida Khuhro, Tanzeela Qambrani, Qasim Soomro as well as a number of educationists, scholars, journalists and members of civil society were informed about the present situation of public schools.
We haven’t concealed our flaws,” said the education minister. “Instead, we have accepted our errors with all our heart,” he added. In response to a question, he said that the recruitment rules for the appointment of education officers and other staff of the department are being re-examined.
A lively discussion and question answer session took place at the opening session. Ahmed Shah, the President of Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, suggested the inclusion of music and arts studies in the curriculum. He offered that the Arts Council would provide free trainers and teachers for the cause. In response, the education minister said that a departmental meeting had already taken the decision to incorporate visual and performing arts into the curriculum.
The academics, educators and journalists gave their suggestions to improve the standard of education in public schools. The suggestions included to run public schools in mosques and religious schools where government school buildings are not available to provide basic facilities such as a roof, washrooms and running water to students in far flung areas.
They suggested providing free transport and technical education and skills at high school levels. They also stress the need to provide latest tools and techniques of teachings to teachers to improve their efficiency and performance.
They called for the removal of the condition of B Ed and M Ed from the recruitment policy for schoolteachers. They lamented that even an M Phil or PhD couldn’t be appointed as a teacher if they hadn’t passed the B Ed exam. all schools must have potable water for drinking purposes as well as toilet facilities. They stress to change the curriculum and to make it gender-sensitive and fake heroes must be removed from the history textbooks.
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17 November, 2019