Education reforms in Sindh leading to improvement, but not nearly enough

Alif Ailaan Report

KARACHI: The Government of Sindh has invested in a substantial number of reforms that have been significant in addressing various gaps in education service delivery. But these reforms need to speed up to sustainably address the plethora of problems that ail the province’s education system. This was highlighted in “2013-2018 Five years of education reform: SINDH Wins, losses and challenges for the future 2018-2023”, a report published by education campaign Alif Ailaan – co-authored by education activist Shahzad Roy.

The Sindh education sector plan highlights key strategic areas of focus through a five-year period for the government to ensure efficacy in delivery by improving equity and access, quality of education and learning outcomes, sector governance and accountability, and sector financing. Within these thematic focuses, the Sindh government has launched commendable reform efforts, including real-time monitoring, merit-based recruitment and training of teachers, a robust public-private partnership programme through Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), standardized testing of learning levels, and increased and improved funding, to name a few.

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Notwithstanding the gains made through reforms thus far, there is a long way to before the objectives set out in the Sindh Education Sector Plan 2014-18 can be achieved. Since we are already in the year 2018, it is evident that these objectives will not be met within the allocated time period of five years. This underscores the need to build off of reforms enacted during this period to launch a more robust set of actions to achieve the objectives in the coming years.

Speaking at the launch of the report, the gathered panellists, including the Provincial Minister for Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, spoke about reform wins the Sindh government has achieved and looked forward towards what more needs to be done to face the daunting challenges facing Sindh’s education sector.

The panel included Sadiqa Salahuddin, Nelofer Halai, Jam Mehtab Dahar, Amin Hashwani, Shehzad Roy and Jami Chandio.

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