The Sindh Education Department has decided to launch a vaccination campaign in schools from tomorrow (September 6) and review all private school registrations.
A high-level meeting of the Directorate of Private Institutions and Registration for Private Schools and Colleges was held under the chairmanship of Sindh Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah.
The meeting was attended by Secretary School Education Ghulam Akbar Leghari, Secretary College Education Khalid Haider Shah, and other concerned officers including directors of education of all districts of the province.
According to a statement issued by the education department, the meeting reviewed the steps taken for vaccinating the teachers and students of all government educational institutions in the province.
Briefing the participants of the meeting, the Regional Directors said that the vaccination campaign in all the divisions and districts of the province is starting from September 6 and all steps have been taken in this regard.
The meeting decided to start a vaccination campaign in all schools from Monday on the proposal of the Health Department.
Provincial Education Minister Sardar Shah said that if schools wish to remain open, then students from ninth to twelfth grade will have to be vaccinated.
He said that vaccination has brought life back to normal in developed countries around the world.
The meeting unanimously decided that a certificate of consent for child vaccination would be obtained from the parents and all parent organizations and private school associations would be taken into confidence in this regard.
According to the education department, the meeting also discussed in detail the procedure for obtaining parental consent for vaccination of students of class IX to XII.
Secretary School Education Ghulam Akbar Leghari said that a certificate of consent from parents has been sent to the schools in Urdu, Sindhi, and English by the Education Department.
He said that all the directors in their respective districts should get the same relevant certificate.
The Divisional Directors of Shaheed Benazirabad, Hyderabad, Larkana, Mirpur Khas, and Sukkur briefed the participants about the vaccination of children in their respective regions.
“I have received various complaints that you are not going to the field,” said Sardar Ali Shah, the provincial education minister.
“Such negligence will not be tolerated,” he said.
According to a statement issued by the education department, the meeting decided to review the registration of private schools as well as their number and facilities.
It was decided at the meeting that a mechanism would be set up by completing the private schools’ database and review teams would also be formed for them.
The salaries of teachers in private schools will also be ascertained through review committees.
On the occasion, Sardar Shah said that the salary fixed by the Sindh government for laborers would also have to be paid to the teachers of private schools.
He said that he would not allow private schools to expel children for the delay in submission of fees as it would affect their education.
It was unanimously decided in the meeting that all private schools, big or small, would have to provide free education to 10% of the children as per the law.
The Minister said that according to the law, Sindhi is compulsory in private educational institutions and it has to be implemented. Teachers of private schools will be trained by the Language Authority to teach Sindhi in an effort to recreate harmony.
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