Sindh to establish 1,000 new schools, will enroll 200,000 students

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved a proposal to establish 1,000 new schools under public-private partnership arrangement to enroll 200,000 out-of-school children in the province.

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The semi-autonomous Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), which is primarily responsible for supporting the non-governmental and charitable organisations to spread education, has been tasked with establishing 1,000 new schools in the province.

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Sindh CM approved the proposal to this effect while chairing the meeting of board of governors of SEF.

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Out-of-school children is a major issue in Sindh as their numbers are estimated to be around four million. While chairing the meeting of SEF’s BoG, the CM said that enrolling out-of-school children was the foremost priority of his government.

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“If coronavirus-related restrictions don’t get in our way, we are expected to build these schools by next year,” said SEF Managing-Director Abdul Kabir Kazi.

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He said that a budget of Rs 2.5 billion was expected to be spent to build these schools.

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He said that these 1,000 schools would be established all over the province especially in the districts where the educational institutions had been in less than the required number.


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He said the tendering process had been completed to select the partner private sector organisations to establish these schools.

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At present, the SEF has been running 1870 schools all over the province having the enrollment of around 4,75,000 students. Out of these 1870 schools, 70 have been working as the non-formal education centres to impart vocational training to the children.

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The SEF has been running this network of schools with an annual budget of Rs 4.5 billion that is going to be increased by Rs one billion.

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The SEF MD said that his organization had also been partnering with the not-for-profit the Citizens’ Foundation to establish another 500 schools to spread literacy in the province.

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He said the SEF was also going to enter into partnership with the Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, and Sindh Rangers to run schools in remote and under-privileged areas of the province including along the Pakistan-India border in Sindh.

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The SEF will also grant scholarships to the brilliant students of the government-run schools who got admission in the cadet colleges on merit.

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The SEF is going to assume the responsibility of 21 English-medium comprehensive schools newly built by the Sindh government in different districts.

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