The Department of School and Literacy Education has expedited the steps to remove non-viable schools from the system.

In this regard, all the TEOs, DEOs, CMOs, and directors across the province have been informed in the one-day school viability assessment workshop. The training was given to them and they were made aware of the policy of the department, achievements and deadlines.

The field officers of the department were directed to identify the non-viable schools and submit a complete report of their respective areas.

On the occasion, Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah, Education Secretary Ghulam Akbar Leghari, DG Monitoring and Evaluation Shahmeer Bhutto briefed the officers on the policy guidelines in the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Education Secretary Ghulam Akbar Leghari said that the basic scale of non-viability is the presence of children. If there are children in an area and there is no school building, we will provide, or if the teachers are not going, we will send teachers there.

But if the building exists and there are no children in the area then the school will be declared non-viable. Similarly, if there is another government school within a radius of one and a half kilometers, try to merge the other school with the one with more children.

He added that the non-viable school assessment would be completed only after a detailed report on the population ratio in the areas, the presence of government schools, and the enrollment of children.

Addressing the function, Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah said that we can never keep our children safe by keeping the children of the poor illiterate. If a child is deprived of education due to sloth or laziness and they involve in negative activities, our own home won’t be safe. “You are not an officer in the education department. You have the opportunity to serve the people. Now you have to work for the promotion of education in your own areas”.

He said that the work of non-viability assessment should be completed in 15 days, so that the burden of ghost and non-viability schools could be removed from the department’s system and the budget could be used only for the improvement of functional schools.

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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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