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Government keen to promote girls’ education, says Maher

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Sardar Ali Mohammed Mahar has said that acquisition of knowledge is a focal point for progress and prosperity of any society and nation.

“Sindh government is anxiously working for promotion of cause of education, raise the academic standard and universalisation of education in the province.”

He was talking to a delegation of educational experts, teachers, intellectuals and journalists of Sindh who met him at Chief Minister House on March 10, 2004.
In order to steer education towards the right direction, the role of educational experts, laureates, intellectuals and media, besides the government cannot be ignored, Mahar pointed out.
He said teachers are respectful class, which perform its duty to the future generation with knowledge.

Mahar said the government is equally keen for promotion of girls’ education and there will be no compromise on quality of education for them nor would come under any blackmailing on this count.

He noted that teachers influenced by trade unions try to put pressure on government by resorting to boycott on an important occasion of examinations. But they should remember that only for the sake of their own interests, they do injustice to the nation and get involved in dampening their future.

He declared that no pressure in this regard will be acceptable, and strict action would be taken against teachers found involved in such activities. He said if they are not happy with their profession, they can quit it and they will be replaced with people on merit.

Chief Minister said that except for rural-urban quota all quotas have been done away with. He told the delegation that when he is not retaining any quota for himself, question of quotas for others does not arise.

He assured that he has all respect for teachers’ genuine demands and he has solved many of them in various meetings.

In our society, the teachers will continue to enjoy high respect, but non-genuine demands cannot be accepted, he added.

Mahar said that basic steps have been taken for improvement in the field of education and various committees formed for better infrastructure facilities from primary to university levels and to identify problems and shortcomings.

He informed the meeting that constitution of a Provincial Consultative Committee compromising people belonging to different walks of life is being seriously considered.

In the meeting, noted educationist, Arif Ali Kazi, appreciated the measures taken by Sindh Government for improvement of education in Sindh and underlined the need for devising a new strategy for improving the educational system from primary to university level and in this regard all conscious people of Sindh will contribute.

Prof Saeeda Bashir suggested holding of meetings of heads of institutions from primary to university levels for improvement in education.

Prof Inam Shaikh called for passing of a bill from the Assembly for elimination of copy culture and it may be made a serious offence.
Source: The Nation
Date:3/12/2004

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