It appears that Sindh’s provincial minister for education, Sardar Ali Shah withdrew his daughter from a government school. Local Sindhi media outlets reported the news.
Important to note, in a bid to revive the glory of government schools, Sardar Shah enrolled his daughter and two nieces in a public school in Hyderabad in 2018. The Minister personally submitted the admission forms to the principal of the school.
The minister has reiterated his promise to revamp the government school structure in Sindh saying that “I have proved my sincere approach that aims to promote the #LetsOwnOurPublicSchools rhetoric.”
However, according to the latest reports, Sardar Ali Shah withdrew his daughter from the public school. According to reports, he shifted her to a private school. Pertinent to mention, Sardar Shah has been very critical of private schools. Sindh Education Minister Sardar Shah also said that children studying in private schools “know nothing except for English”.
Member of Provincial Assembly of Sindh Rabia Azfar Nizami also shared the news on her Twitter account. While Sardar Shah did not personally reveal the reason for his decision, Rabia Azfar thinks Sindh’s government school failed to deliver quality education. She also highlighted how the PPP-led government failed in Sindh.
سنڌ سرڪار جي تعليم جي ورزير پھرين پنھنجي ڌي کي سرڪاري اسڪول ۾ داخل ڪرايو، پوءِ پاڻ ئي سرڪاري اسڪول مان ڪڍائي، پرائيوٽ اسڪول ۾ داخل ڪرائي ڇڏيو. وزير جو ھن عمل مان ظاھر آھي، سنڌ ۾ سرڪاري اسڪولن ۾ ڪيتري تعليم آھي. #PPPfailedSindh https://t.co/fZABE44DfD
— Rabia AzfarNizami (@rabiaazfar) February 12, 2022
Condition of public schools in Sindh
To clarify, PPP has often come under heavy fire for failing to provide basic necessities to Sindh despite thirteen years of governance. Sindh faces a water crisis and its health sector is also in a dire condition.
As for education, the Reform and Support of the Sindh Education and Literacy Department revealed in a 2021 report that over 30,000 schools in Sindh do not have electricity. More than 21,000 are without boundary walls, while over 47,000 schools do not have lab facilities. As many as 36,000 remain without playgrounds.
Furthermore, in 26,260 schools, there is no facility for drinking water, while 19,469 are without a washrooms facility.