The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) will establish 1,000 schools under Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to bring 200,000 children back to school.
The Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah took this decision while presiding over the SEF Board of Governors meeting at the CM House.
The meeting was attended by 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.
The board members approved the proposal for the establishment of 1,000 schools and took decisions regarding the subsidy and scholarships.
MD SEF Kazi Kabir apprised the members of the board that although a five percent subsidy had been approved to increase the annual enrolment under the present provision, no subsidy had been granted within the last five years. The current subsidy framework has been offered for all the primary grades at Rs. 700 which does not encourage the partners to ensure advancement.
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 recommendation of the members of the SEF.
The board also decided to offer scholarships to deserving students at government schools who have been enrolled 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 remote areas like at the villages along the border with financial and technical support.