Balochistan Education Sector Plan, Go beyond words
Speakers addressing a function organized in connection with launching of Balochistan Education Sector Plan: Photo Ashraf Khan

Quality of education poor despite 70,000 teachers in Balochistan: Minister

Syed Ali Shah :

QUETTA: Education Minister Balochistan, Mir Naseebullah Marri has admitted that the quality of education was extremely poor despite the presence of 70,000 teachers in the province. “Declining quality of education is a major concern for us”, Mr. Marri told a function held at a local hotel.

Balochistan Secondary Education Department in collaboration with European Union (EU), Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and UNICEF launched the Balochistan Education Sector Plan 2020-25 on Tuesday. Balochistan Sports Minister, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Secretary Environment, Saboor Kakar, Secretary Education Abdul Rauf Baloch, a large number of educationists, and representatives of various organizations attended the ceremony.

The speakers spoke at length about the importance of the education sector plan and underlined the need for taking effective steps for its implementation. “We have decided to give equal focus to all schools”, Mr. Marri stated.

State of education abysmal despite spending billions of rupees 

The educationists lamented that despite spending billions of rupees, the state of education in Balochistan remains abysmal. They demanded of the government and UN organizations to play their due role in improving the state of education.

“Currently, the number of one-teacher one-school across Balochistan is around 6,000”, Palvasha Jalalzai, the UNICEF’s education specialist revealed. She put so many critical questions before the audience with regard to the state of education in Balochistan. One teacher teaches all five classes in around 6,000 government-run schools of the province.

UNICEF education specialist put critical questions

“What we have spent on training of teachers and ensuring provision of missing facilities to schools”, she said.

The estimated cost of the Balochistan Education Sector Plan 2020-25 is 72.75 billion rupees. The main objective behind this plan is to promote and ensure quality education and its effective service delivery for all without any discrimination. If implemented, these five years plan prepared in collaboration with UNICEF, EU, and GPE address almost all key issues relating to education and ensuring quality of education in Balochistan.

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