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Balochistan needs a visionary education minister

Editorial :

The education sector in Balochistan needs a complete overhauling because of its declining quality. Much has been said and written about reforms in education in Balochistan by successive governments. However, ground realities don’t match the words of those at the helm of affairs.

Now when the incumbent Chief Minister, Abdul Qudduz Bizenjo is all set to announce his new cabinet. Like his predecessors, Mr. Bizenjo has also included education as one of his top priorities. Although, the nomination of minister education in the provincial cabinet would unveil his planning and commitment in this regard.

Little or almost no progress made in the education sector

Yes, the education minister alone cannot put all more than 13,000 government-run schools in order. But team leader’s role remained crucial in achieving any target. During the last three years, little or almost no progress was made in the education sector. Although, over 9,000 pending vacancies of teachers were filled through CTSP. This was the right step in the right direction. But it had little impact on the overall performance of the education sector because there was no proper strategy to utilize the services of new appointees.

However, no steps were taken to improve the quality of education in government-run schools, ensure the presence of teachers and ensure the availability of basic facilities. A former secretary of education Sher Khan Bazai once told this daily that more than 8,188 government-run schools had no toilet facility. This really exposes the intention of rulers.

BBISE needs reforms

Irregularities in the Balochistan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BBISE) in every examination and in the number game have gone unnoticed. Drastic changes need to be made in the BBISE and the blue-eyed officers serving for years should be removed and new postings on merit should be made to improve the examination system.

Since education is a one-window operation and it offers a panacea to all ills of society. Therefore, CM Bizenjo should pick a dedicated and visionary lawmaker for the portfolio of education as it is a matter of generations rather than appeasing an individual.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.