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Corruption mars performance of govt schools in Sindh

June 3, 2016

Karachi: More budgetary funds are needed to cater the needs of children and the government should focus to improve the performance of schools in rural areas, said NAZRA JAHAN, Executive director Foundation for Research and Human Development (FRHD), adding corruption in School Management Committee funds is a major curse responsible for poor state of government-run schools in Sindh province.

According to details, the FRHD in collaboration with ActionAid arranged a one-on-one discussion of delegation of young students with Provincial Ombudsman, Sindh, Asad Ashraf Malik at Sindh Secretariat.

The primary objective of the meeting providing an opportunity to children for discussing education-related issues that negatively impede with their academics and integrate vulnerable children with education.

Students discussed the issues bothering them with Mohtasib-e-Aala who promised to take immediate notice in order to rectify the problems.

Three key problems that students were able to highlight amongst many others were the mismanagement and corruption of School Management Committee (SMC) fund in government schools; students being deprived of their right to free course books by the government; the high rate of student drop-out at class 8th because of their financial inability of affording the examination board fee for matriculation examination.

Members students of Children’s Councils proposed to ensure implementation of Sindh Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act-2013, in its true letter and spirit, specifically Section 10.

They advised to constitute committees (as provided under the Ombudsman’s Act) to monitor the working of government schools specially posting of teaching staff, etc.

They asked to constitute committees (as provided under the Ombudsman’s Act) to ensure imparting formal and informal education to the Juvenile with the view to rehabilitate the Juveniles.

They demanded access to and support quality professional learning for school staff. They asked to constitute a committee for making recommendations to the Government of Sindh for legislation regarding Provincial Employment of Children Act in view of Act promulgated by the Federal Government in the year 1991.

They delegation asked to increase the SMC fund related to education and create a committee for monitoring the holistic dispersion and utilization of the fund.

NAZRA JAHAN, Executive director Foundation for Research and Human Development said that FRHD acknowledges that education is the most essential ingredient for the development of a nation. It is a global fact that nations who have reached the heights of the development and prosperity have done it by using education and information as a tool to do it. The students, being the major stakeholder of education system, can serve as an asset to improvise the education tools. And implementation of Article 25-A is guarantee to eradicate poverty from Pakistan.

Furthermore Mohtasib-e-Aala arranged for a twenty minutes presentation during which children were briefed about Children Complaint Office (CCO) and the precise way through which they can file complains in line with the mandate of Ombudsmen.

Secretary Hashim Raza Zadi, Incharge Children Complaint Center, Mohammad Ali Shah, Secretary Ombudsman Hashim Raza Zaidi were also present.

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