A committee formed by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah is to review the Sindh School Education Standards and Curriculum (SSES&C) Law 2015 and has been tasked with offering suggestions and recommendations making amendments to improve the public education system in province.
The CM has time and again laid great stress on his government’s focus on overhauling the education system in the province, and the latest announcement appears to be a part of that resolve. Though, there are only a few months left until the in legitimate tenure of the elected governments expires, and it is unsure if the exercise and its subsequent recommendations for reform will ever see the light of the day.
Heading a meeting on Monday, January 1, Shah claimed his government had taken a number of steps to improve Sindh’s standard of education. However, he was of the opinion that the steps appeared not enough and the entire system needed an overhaul and reforms to improve the quality of education further.
Noting that there were more than 150,000 teachers working across the province, Shah said the standard of education was not improving. Participants of the meeting, which included Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Law Minister Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon and School Education Secretary Iqbal Hussain Durrani, informed the CM that there were a number of ailments plaguing the sector. The CM was informed that a number of schools lacked basic facilities and the teachers were untrained to impart quality education or were simply not motivated enough to do so.
The CM also noted that the syllabi being taught also appeared to be outdated. Shah said his plans included top-class teachers’ training academy to design training programmes and a parallel Curriculum Council to design textbook content and bring syllabi up to par with international standards.
He said promotions, perks and benefits of teachers should be linked to their qualification, training, expertise and professionalism, adding that teachers who failed to qualify training programmes would be taken out of teaching process.
The chief minister asked the participants to collaborate with an organisation of repute to set up a teacher training academy within the next four years. He also formed a committee consisting of education minister, law minister as well as incumbent and two former education secretaries to review the 2015 SSES & S Law and suggest improvements to amend it within the next seven days. Once the review has been completed, and recommendations submitted, leading educationists would be consulted to formulate a 10-year reforms programme for the education sector, the CM added.