Khuhro for initiating `mid-day meal’ to encourage students

KARACHI: Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Tuesday terming poverty as one of the barriers towards enrolment in schools, sought support from development partners to initiate an incentive in the shape of `mid-day meal’ for students to encourage them for schooling.

He also shared various efforts in accelerating the process of education, inclusive of reducing gender disparities.

The Sindh minister was speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day consultative workshop organised by the Sindh Education and Literacy Department here, said a statement.

The objective of the event was to align all activities, targets and policies of the education department in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-4) and the five year Sindh Education Sector Plan.

Addressing the occasion, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Engineer Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman appreciated the efforts undertaken by the Sindh government.

He assured full commitment for the successful implementation of SDGs in Pakistan and expressed pleasure to start this journey from Sindh.

These SDGs are our National Development Goals as we want every child of Pakistan to be in school, he added.

For successful implementation of SDGs, its important to establish a Secretariat at Federal and Provincial level, said Secretary Education and Literacy Department, Dr Fazalullah Pechuho.

There should be a task force or think tank regarding curriculum, teaching skills based learning, said Special Secretary Education and Literacy Department, Ms Alia Shahid, in her opening speech.

She informed the audience about different government initiatives to improve issue of governance, for which bio metric verification of teaching and non -teaching staff at school and college level is in place.

Merit based recruitment of teachers and Standardized Achievement Test to assess the learning outcomes of students, hence giving a fair idea about the quality of education, she added.

Chief Program Manager, Reform Support Unit, Faisal Ahmed Uqaili discussed the challenges in education in Sindh.

He also briefed about the implementation status of Sindh Education Sector Plan (SESP).

All districts have developed District Education Plans as per the SESP targets, he said.

The consultative session was attended by the representatives from USAID, Brac, UNESCO, AKU-IED, Sindh Text Book Board, ITA, UNICEF, UNHCR, NCHD, EU, SZABIST, Bureau of Curriculum and officials from Education and Literacy Department.