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KARACHI: Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh has said that the Education Department has taken revolutionary steps for improvement in education system in Sindh by introducing Biometric System and separation of management cadre from education cadre as teaching staff can’t mange education system properly.

He said this while delivering lecture on “State of Education in Sindh” on Tuesday at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU).

Mentioning changes brought in the department, Pechuho said that the Sindh Education Department had enrolled a large number of teaching and non teaching staff members through Biometric System, while more than 2200 Monitors for teachers’ attendance are being hired to ensure attendance of teachers in schools. In addition to it, the Sindh Education Department is also working on scanning and archiving one hundred and fifty thousand files of employees of the department aimed at digitalizing official record. He further said that a mobile complaint system has also introduced, that can be helpful in improvement of education system.

Pechuho said that 2000 head masters are also being recruited on merit basis. “In the last three years, no single teacher has been recruited on chit, and all the 15000 teachers have been recruited through NTS system and the donors had too testified their merit Pechuho said.

He said that the Sindh government is spending 15000 to 18000 rupees per child enrolled in a public sector school annually, but the private schools are spending approximately 900 rupees per child, while there is no difference in quality of education in both the private and public sector primary schools. Private schools also pay less than 50 percent salaries to their teachers than the teachers of public sector schools. Hence the private schools should increase salaries of teachers, not fees of students.

He also said that the USAID is spending a huge amount on education in Sindh and 120 most modern schools are also being established in Sindh, which will be run through Education Management System. He said that for this management system Rs500million have been allocated. The Sindh Education Secretary said that curriculum is also being reviewed. After 18th Amendment, the Government of Sindh has established its Curriculum Wing, which earlier was a federal subject.

Pechuho said English language is essential for individual as well as national progress and Urdu, Sindhi and other languages should also be taught. “In today’s global village, we can’t live in isolation he said and added that people should own schools of their respective areas as our ancestors were doing in the past. In such a way we can improve our education system.

Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, in his speech welcomed the Education Secretary at SMIU and said that education is a more important area that can make or destroy a nation. Because quality of human resources is important for any nation’s progress and development.

Dr Shaikh said that he had also served the Sindh Education Department as a Director General of Colleges some time ago; hence he was fully aware about the problems facing Sindh Education Department including curriculum, absentees and ghost teachers.

On this occasion Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh given away books written by him, to Fazlullah Pechuho. The lecture was followed by question–answer session.

The Education Secretary also visited Jinnah Museums and other sections of SMIU.

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