Only 9% of Sindh’s Teachers Can Teach Maths And Science – Province’s Education Minister Shares Shocking Statistics

Sindh’s provincial government has undertaken some significant measures to improve the quality of education in the province overall. Soon after the education department decided to define ‘school’ in the education policy, for the first time in 71 years to channelise the budget spending for construction of adequate facilities, another challenge has been revealed with the said shocking statistics.

During the second consultative workshop organised by the Sindh Education and Literacy Department, the education minister has shared some harrowing statistics with the audience, which paint a clear picture of the province’s standing on the scale.

In total, there are 42,000 public schools in the province. Out of those, 39,000 schools are only limited to providing primary-level education only. This stark difference is there, despite the fact that the number of students at the secondary school level is much higher than primary – making the entire situation alarming, needing urgent addressal.

However, one revelation that caught everyone’s eye, was that among 150,000 teachers in the province, only 9% are qualified enough or capable of teaching Mathematics or science subjects.

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Coming to non-functional schools, the number in Sindh has reached a staggering 3,127. The drop-out rate is shockingly high as well. Compared to 7.5 million (750,000) students that were initially admitted to nursery schools, only 440,000 could reach the intermediate level. Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah said there is a lot of room for improvement.
“The government cannot fix this alone, which is why we have not only asked for advice from the government’s lawmakers but also invited suggestions from the opposition as well as members of the civil society and academics.” – said Shah, adding that all the viable suggestions will be made part of the education policy. 
He also added that they are not ‘concealing’ their flaws, but are accepting where they lacked and targetting those key areas for improvement.
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