Karachi “There are a total of 49,000 government schools in Sindh. Out of them around 38,000 are functional while 11,000 are closed,” said the senior provincial minister for education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Friday.
He was responding to written and oral queries of MPAs regarding the education department in the Sindh Assembly on Friday.
Khuhro informed the house that the Sindh government had banned opening of new schools till all existing schools in the province became functional.
He said that out of the total 49,000 government school, around 43,000 (90%) were for primary education and out of them 5,500 schools were closed. According to him, there had been absurd planning by the government due to which there were discrepancies in the number of government in any rural areas. In one instance, he said, there were more than 50 primary schools in a single village.
The senior minister said that the statistics teachers’ resources available at government schools were being computerised to check the availability of teachers in any given government school and determine reasons behind their closure.
He warned that due disciplinary action would be taken against teachers responsible for the closed schools.
He said that the Sindh government had begun a fresh recruitment drive for the appointment of teachers under a World Bank-assisted programme in which job offers and appointment letters were being issued to candidates who had passed the mandatory aptitude examination conducted by the National Testing Service.
According to the senior minister, at present there was no ‘ghost school’ in Karachi. However, he said, in financial years 2011-2012 and 2012-2012, about 35 new middle-level schools were either established or their academic status was upgraded in the city.
In the same period, revealed Khuhro, 107 new middle-level schools were built in the Hyderabad region, 73 in Sukkur region, 74 in Mirpurkhas region, while 69 were established in the Larkana region.
Meanwhile, between 2009 and 2013, the tenure of Pakistan Peoples Party, 83 new government-run schools were established in Hyderabad region, 40 in Sukkur region, 76 in Mirpurkhas region, while 39 new schools were established in Larkana region, he said, adding that 39 new colleges were also established across the province.
The senior minister sough the support of all lawmakers concerned to help him in his cause for identifying closed government schools across the province so they could be made functional at the earliest.