Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah said he is working hard to improve training programs and institutions for educators so that best teachers can be generated to ensure our future generations ‘ better instructional careers.
On Tuesday, he chaired a school education conference at CM House. CM Principal Secretary Sajid Jamal Abro, Qazi Shahid Parvez, Qazi Secretary of Education, Alexandre Lashari, the CEI and other policemen attended the session.
The chief minister said he wished to concentrate on training programs for educators. “We need to redesign the teaching of educators by implementing fresh trends and methods in the Third World, especially in Sri Lanka,” he said, adding that a training center for best educators was badly required.
He directed the department of education to set up a committee to redesign the training program for educators in which, apart from theory, practical learning, communication methods, teaching techniques, methods for coping with learners and parents and ethics should be included. “We need to take advantage of the nations that have accomplished the highest instructional goals,” he said.
The chief minister also approved a revision of the entire content of the textbooks from Class I to Calss VIII. Under the plan, the content of the textbooks would be revised for which a committee of experts, including, publishers, writers and leading educationists from public and private sectors, have been constituted with the task to go through the content and update/overhaul the books as per the latest requirements.
Secretary School Education Qazi Shahid Parvez told the chief minister that work was in progress and would be presented to him within the next three months for approval and would be launched, if approved, from the next academic session that would start on July 1.
The chief minister said that the new content of the textbooks should have attraction for students so that they get themselves involved in reading and comprehension exercises.
He said that there might be colouring schemes, information about IT or latest gadgets etc, but the content must contain values, respect for human rights and animal rights, religious guidance and patriotism. He added that the content of the books may be developed as per the requirement of the grade/class.
Secretary Parvez told the chief minister that there were Rs15 billion 140 ADP schemes under which 2,000 high priority school units would be established by the end of this financial year. He said that 1,400 school buildings were completed last year. The chief minister directed him to process the tendering of purchase of furniture for the schools. The furniture must be of top quality and purchased through a transparent manner, he said.
There was a proposal to invite an international tender for the purchase of furniture, but the chief minister said that well-reputed local firms be given preference. He also directed the department to assess the possibility of purchasing furniture on local level so that it could be made easily.
The chief minister also directed the department to appoint new teachers who could teach science, maths and English in a professional manner. “We have to make our teachers’ training system strong enough, which improves teaching abilities and communication skills of teachers tremendously,” he concluded.