Sindh Education and Literacy Department has planned to combine primary and secondary schools into single model schools and establish 300 schools on similar lines in the province. The decision was taken in a bid to improve the present education system of the province, along with reducing the school dropout rates.
Talking about the plan, Provincial Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah said merging primary and secondary schools would play a key role in reducing the number of students who drop out of schools after grade five. He said initially just a few schools would be established and if found to be fruitful would lead to the establishment of more schools on similar lines. Moreover, new model schools would be established in each tehsil of the province and will provide education from the elementary level to matriculation.
Shah said 276 schools would be established in all 138 tehsil headquarters of the province, adding that out of the two model schools in each tehsil one would be allocated for girls and the other one for boys. Another 24 model schools would be planned in other cities including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana as well. Moreover, a separate directorate would be established for the model schools that would be headed by the director and deputy director.
Highlighting the significance of establishing new model schools, Shah added that presently 90 percent of schools in Sindh offer primary education, while only 10 percent offer secondary education. These model schools will offer modern facilities such as laboratories, computer labs, solar lights, water supply and washrooms and will provide access to quality secondary education in the province. According to Shah, for the very first-time arts and music teachers would be appointed by the department to teach in public schools.