10-year reforms programme on cards: Murad
KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that declaration of an emergency in the education department has set some clear directions for the government and they are bound to improve the quality of education in the public sector. He said this while talking to the media after convocation of the NED University of Science & Technology on Saturday. He said that problems in the education department were serious, complicated and chronic. He said, “They will take some time to solve; therefore, we are working on a 10-year education reform programme to overhaul the entire system.”
He said that proposed reforms include improvement in textbooks, professional training for teachers, an efficient and transparent mechanism for teachers’ recruitment, performance-based promotions, increments and incentives for best teachers, warding off inefficient teachers and improvement in classroom environment where students can receive education in better conditions. Shah said that he had constituted a committee to suggest reforms and then leading educationists of prominent private sector institutions would be engaged to work out a detailed 10-year reforms programme. Civil society, parents and teachers would be taken into confidence on implementation of these reforms , he said.
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Replying to a question, the chief minister said that after enforcement of the 18th constitutional amendment the provincial government had created its own Sindh Higher Education Commission (SHEC). “I don’t know why the federal HEC is still encroaching upon the provincial government’s functions” he said. He expressed surprise that the federal HEC was providing funds to public sector universities directly without keeping the provincial government in the loop. Replying to a question, he said that performance of the provincial HEC might have been affected due to health issues of Dr Asim Hussain, but “we are strengthening it administratively, financially and academically”. He said, “Dr Asim is a senior parliamentarian, prominent educationalist and chancellor of his university; therefore, his experience is of a great value,” he said.