Over 6,000 schools closed in Sindh, court told

Over 6,000 schools closed in Sindh, court told

Over 6,000 schools closed in Sindh, court told

Karachi: The Sindh education secretary submitted a report before the Sindh High Court on Wednesday over a plea seeking educational reforms and free education in the province.

The report submitted before a two-member bench, comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Amjad Ali Sahito, stated that 6,866 schools in Sindh are closed while 7,974 schools have been rendered incapable of functioning.

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Moreover, it apprised that 46,549 positions for teachers are vacant in the province. The report further mentioned that a policy has been introduced to shift the process of teachers’ appointments and transfers online.

This will help restore the closed schools, according to the education department’s report. Besides, new teachers will be appointed in collaboration with the IBA, and that vacancies for teachers have been published.

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The bench inquired as to when the shut schools will be open and new teachers will be appointed.

The education secretary assured the court that reopening schools and hiring teachers would be completed within four months. Following this, the court sought details about the number of students being provided free-of-charge education in Sindh.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2021.

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