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Minister for Sindh Education and Literacy Department (SELD) Sardar Ali Shah admitted political interference and meddling in the workings of the provincial education department.

While addressing the question hour in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, Shah said provincial lawmakers and other influential people meddle in the affairs of the education department, such as in matters related to transfers and appointments of teachers.

“Politicians often say that he is my voter so transfer him into my constituency,” Shah revealed.

The inter-district transfer of Grade-14 teachers was restricted in Sindh, the minister stated, adding that teachers were in surplus of thousands, with none agreeing to work in rural areas or villages. Shah said teachers transferred themselves from rural to urban schools and the shortage of teachers in rural schools forced students to leave them.

“We have decided to give postings based on domiciles of teachers,” said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) minister, responding to a question about the college education department.

While access to education remains a burning issue in Sindh’s education landscape, due attention is also being raised towards the quality of education being delivered in public sector schools of the province. In response to another query during the question-and-answer session, the education minister termed the Single National Curriculum pushed by the federal government equivalent to a ‘curriculum martial law’.

Students of the PAKTURK International School have done the country proud by winning several medals at an international competition held at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

The INTELLECTUALS’ CHALLENGE was held from April 20-23 and saw participation from close to 1,600 students between 14 and 18 years of age from schools across 50 countries. The competition was divided into a series of team and individual challenges revolving around a central theme: “Failure: The Road to Success”.

The team challenges required students working in groups of three to compete in four different challenges in five subjects over the four days of the challenge. The categories were divided into Knowledge, Pen Down, Speech-Craft, and Team Spirit challenges under broader subject categories of Social Studies, Art & Design, Literature & Culture, Science & Technology and Economics & Business. On the other hand, individual challenges called upon participants to showcase their skills in either of the four categories that were Creative Writing, Short Film, Photography and Painting.

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To much delight, students from the PAKTURK School Jamshoro shone in both the team and individual competitions, winning a total of 11 medals that included four gold, six silver and one bronze medal.

Through sheer hard work and resolve students from Pakistan showcased their superior skills in creativity, academic prowess and teamwork.

During the competitions, a three-member team of Abdul Haseeb, Abdul Rafay and Nisar Younis won gold medals in the team spirit challenge, while Mir Dara won another gold medal in the individual knowledge challenge. Also making to the podium were Abdul Haseeb with and Atif Laghari with silver medals in individual knowledge challenges, Suleman and Shahzad with silver medals in treasure hunt challenge, Ashaus and Faisal with silver in Pen-Down (Individuals) challenge and Atif with a bronze medal.

It is indeed heartening to see young individuals from Pakistan going head to head with their counterparts from much countries having more sophisticated, reformed and progressive education systems and still leaving a mark with their performance. The students, their mentors, parents and the school deserve not only accolades, but a thanks for providing an enabling environment for the young Pakistanis t0 shine.

More of the same, please.

 

After almost eight years since the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the fate of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) has been decided by Council of Common Interests (CCI). The HEC in not being dissolved and  the apex education body has been given a green signal to continue playing a key role in the country’s higher education sector.

Sindh Education and Literacy Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain officially launched the Sindh Non-Formal Education Policy (NFE) on Wednesday. The NFE was earlier approved by Sindh Cabinet on October 5, 2017. School Education and Literacy Department (SELD) Secretary Iqbal Durrani, USAID Deputy Mission Director John Smith-Sreen and representatives of other development agencies like UNICEF and JICA attended the event.

Regularised teachers include those who cleared NTS test for contractual appointment as well as those who cleared Sindh and Iqra University tests

 

Following several violent police crackdowns and baton charge on Sindh teachers protesting for regularisation and promotions for the past several; days, the province’s chief minister has finally issued directives for the regularisation of 21,000 teachers, besides approving promotion of others.