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RSUP launched in Sindh schools with WB assistance

February 22, 2014

Younis Chandio & Jani Khaskheli

Sindh Government in collaboration with the World Bank has launched Reform Support Unit Programme (RSUP) in 23 districts of the province. The objective of the programme is to build school infrastructure, standardized education and training of teachers. In its first phase the process of collection of data about the numbers of schools, rate of enrolment of students and availability of facilities in schools has been taken in hand in all districts particularly in districts of Hyderabad Division. This was informed at a meeting presided over by Commissioner Hyderabad Jamal Mustafa Syed here at his office on Friday, which reviewed the ongoing activities of Reform Support Unit Programme in the division.

The meeting was informed that after collection of data and assessment by the district administration concerned under the supervision of the team of World Bank, the required funds will be provided for repair and construction of schools and other facilities. Addressing the participants of the meeting, the Commissioner maintained that prime responsibility of the government was to ensure provision of standardized education and in this connection, a campaign has already been launched against those teachers who are absent from their concerned schools. The Deputy Commissioners of all districts of the division were conducting surprise raids and taking action against absent teachers on daily basis, he added. The Provincial Manager of Reform Support Unit Programme Saba Mehmood informed the meeting that the World Bank has released the required funds for the success of the programme.

The data collection has revealed the fact that 30 to 40 data collected from the districts of Sindh is incorrect while there is the need to correct the data of the schools of Karachi, Badin and Shaheed Benazirabad, she informed. She further informed that under the programme, the repair and reconstruction of schools, establishment of laboratories and availability of furniture and other facilities will be ensured therefore the teachers should submit correct data for utilization of funds in transparent manner.

The representative of Reform Support Unit Programme Javed Ahmed informed the meeting that a total of 5631 schools have so far been marked during the survey in Hyderabad Division while the officers of the programme have been established in each district for finding more schools. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Commissioners of all districts of Hyderabad Division, officers of Education Department and other lined departments.

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Source: Daily Regional Times (Pakistan)

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