The Provincial Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah on Monday paid a surprise visit to the various offices of the School Education and Literacy Department at the Sindh Secretariat and checked attendance of staffers and officers.

The minister instructed the employees to wear facemasks and use hand senators during duty hours. However, he expresses anger over the lack of cleanliness situation at the offices of the department.

He asked the officers of the IT section to ensure cleanliness. Later the minister took part in picking up used papers and garbage from the offices. Directing the staffers, he said, to complete the files of public issues and strongly urged them not to keep any file in their office without any reason.

Shah warned the staffers to pay full attention to their work and said that he would visit the department from time to time. He said that he will check the performance of all staffers. On the occasion, Secretary College Education Khalid Haider Shah was also present.

Later in a separate meeting with the officials of the College Education Department, the minister expressed anger over frequent cases of unfair means in the ongoing intermediate and matriculation exams.

He said that the college principals would be responsible if any unfair mean case was reported at the college during exams. “The college principal would face disciplinary action and he will be suspended”

The minister also said that the quality of education of the private colleges would be checked in the coming days while all unregistered colleges should be closed. “The registration of new private colleges will be banned until the completion of quality checking procedure”

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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