Earlier today, the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) announced the establishment of 1,000 schools under Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in order to bring 200,000 children back to school.
As per the reports, Syed Murad Ali Shah the Sindh Chief Minister took this decision while chairing over the SEF Board of Governors meeting at the CM House.
Many officials including; the provincial Minister for Education Saeed Ghani, the Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, the Principal Secretary to the CM Sajid Jamal Abro, the Secretary School Education & Literacy Department (SE&LD) Ahmed Bux Narejo, the Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, MD SEF Kazi Kabir, and the SEF members Kaiser Bengali, Dr. Qazi Masood, Dr. Muhammad Memon, Nazir Tunio, and Hassnain Qamar Shah attended the meeting.
The board members accepted the suggestion for the establishment of 1,000 schools and took decisions about the funding and scholarships.
Kazi Kabir MD SEF explained to the members of the board that though a 5% subsidy had been sanctioned to increase the yearly enrolment under the present provision, no subsidy had been granted in the last 5years. The present subsidy framework has been offered for all the primary grades at Rs.700 which does not inspire the partners to certify advancement.
Therefore, the board approved Rs.800 for grades Katchi to II, Rs.1000 for Grades III to V, Rs.1500 for Grades VI and VIII, Rs.2000 for Grades IX and X, and Rs.2, 200 for Grades XI to XII on the commendation of the members of the SEF.
The board also decided to offer scholarships to deserving students at government schools who have been registered on merit at cadet colleges in Sindh, for which the SEF Education Council will select the best students from each college.
The attendees were informed about the partnership between the SEF and the Sindh Rangers to provide 11 schools run in isolated areas like at the villages along the border with financial and technical support.