CM Sindh directs education dept to take over 4,192 non-formal schools

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KARACHI   –   Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday directed the Sindh Education department to immediately take over 4,192 schools of non-formal education system, in line with the decision taken in the 42nd session of Council of Common Interest (CCI) that the provincial governments would take over National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and Basic Education Community School (BECS) from June 30.

He said this while presiding over a meeting here at CM House, said a press release here. The meeting was attended by Education Minister Saeed Ghani, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary School Education Ahmed Bux Narejo, Secretary IPC Asif Ikram, Special Secretary Finance Bilal Memon, and others.

Saeed Ghani told Sindh CM that there was a total of 4,192 centers and schools with 4,425 teachers and 236,755 enrolments, including 1,463 BECS centers with 1,463 teachers and 61,118 enrollment and 2,729 NCHD centers with 2962 teachers and 175,637 students.

The CM was told that these schools were being run under a non-formal education system where teachers were teaching voluntarily against remuneration of Rs8000, per month.

Murad Ali Shah directed to take over these 4192 schools and centres and decided to enhance the salaries of teachers from Rs 8000 to Rs25,000.

The Chief Minister said that his government had already announced the minimum wage at Rs25,000 per month, therefore, these volunteer teachers would be paid Rs25,000 each per month. The finance department told the Chief Minister that enhancing the salaries of 4,425 teachers from Rs8,000 to Rs25,000 per month would cause a Rs1.327 billion financial implication. Syed Murad Ali Shah approved the amount and directed the department to move a summary for the purpose.

The Chief Minister further directed the education department to assess the requirement of these schools in terms of furniture, water, washrooms, electricity, and others and ensure their provision at the earliest.

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