A four-member committee of research scholars from Sindh Madressatul Islam University has called on Sindh government to form a Sindh school education commission on the lines of a commission for higher education.
Many known educationists from all over Sindh as well as from Pakistan have supported the idea of forming a school education commission (SEC) in Sindh. Many active educationists consider that formation of SEC can help to re-arrange and bring basic reforms to the education system of the province.
Unfortunately, education is in an alarming condition in Sindh due to fragmentation and inconsistency in the education department. For the last two decades, Sindh province is suffering from several problems, including governance and administrative issues. As per Alif Ailan’s report for 2017, Sindh was at the 3rd position in education among all four provinces of Pakistan. The report also stated that Sindh’s school infrastructure score was only 54% and 52% primary schools were without electricity facility, 58% schools without drinking water, 36% did not have toilets, 35% did not have boundary wall, and most importantly, 65% of school buildings were found not up to par.
The Sindh Madressatul Islam University committee proposed that the commission would not only look after school education from pre-primary but also to intermediate level and must be headed by an experienced educationist who could be hired on a tenure-based post as a chairperson.
During a brief to academicians, SMIU Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said the main chore of SEC would be to boost education quality in Sindh. The committee members also demanded the government allocate funds to get Sindh’s education system on the right track.