No differences between PPP and MQM: Khuhro

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Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said that there is no difference between the PPP and the MQM on the bifurcation of health and education departments as no decision about bifurcation of the said departments has yet been taken.

The minister said this while talking to media after training certificates and scholarship award distribution among the PSTs and JSTs organised by the Sindh elementary teachers training project at a local hotel on Friday. He said they were considering to bifurcate the education department into primary and higher education for improvement on the management of education facilities in Sindh. He referred that the universities and education boards were working under the control of chief minister while technical education was being managed by STEVTA.

Earlier, the senior education minister urged international donor agencies and philanthropists to help education department in imparting training to 40 thousands head masters of schools in Sindh so that quality education was ensured to masses. He said the government was committed to achieving millennium development goal, so teachers’ training was very important. Teachers who were responsible for training of their children needed capacity-building training, he added. He said attitudes and behaviour of teachers changes with the training and refresher courses will be helpful in increasing registration of children in schools and help decrease drop out.

He appreciated the role of Canadian government for providing assistance for teachers training.

On the occasion, Secretary Education Dr Fazalullah Pechuho said that the government was striving hard to counter challenges being faced by the education department which were multifaceted. The quality education was a biggest challenge, he said, adding that training of teachers would play pivotal role in this regard. He said the Sindh government was taking measures to improve the standard of 42 teachers training institutions located all over the province. He thanked the Canadian government for support and said SIDA project started in 2006 with the loan of Canadian government which was later converted into grants for improving quality of elementary schooling in province. He informed that the government had 512 million rupees in its kitty under SIDA project which would be spent in a fair and transparent manner for improvement of education.