The Balochistan government has eased the procedure for recruiting teachers as a one-time measure to relieve the province’s teacher shortage.
Secretary Secondary Education Abdul Rauf Baloch revealed this while speaking at the 22nd Local Education Group meeting on Wednesday.
According to Baloch, the quantity of middle and primary schools in the province is clearly different, with one middle school for every eight primary schools. To close the gap, he said, 33 primary schools will be upgraded to middle schools and 66 middle schools will be upgraded to high schools this fiscal year.
PSDP has also authorised a plan to upgrade 200 primary schools to middle schools for the fiscal year 2021-22.
He stated that the education department is dedicated to implementing the Balochistan Education Sector Plan 2020-25 because education is the current government’s top priority.
All stakeholders, department officials, development partners, and other officials attended the meeting in great numbers.
Baloch stated that the sector strategy correctly highlighted learning and access as major policy emphasis areas, noting that the province’s public school enrollment stands at roughly one million students.
Stakeholders at the conference stated that the education group plays a critical role in policymaking and idea sharing.
The meeting discussed the Education Sector Plan 2020-2025, its implementation and progress, the promotion of non-formal education, the progress and review of the ASPIRE project, UNICEF’s Education Support Program Phase II, the BRSP and Development Foundation’s ECW project, the Global Partnership for Education’s selection of the coordinating agency, and other important initiatives related to the province’s ongoing education programme.
Baloch stated that the government of Balochistan appreciates the efforts of all key stakeholders and development partners who are committed to advancing the province’s education sector.
He also stated that textbooks have been disseminated across the province in connection with the province’s single standard national curriculum, and that enough monies have been budgeted in collaboration with UNICEF to further strengthen the skills of instructors in the province.
He stated that new instructors are being hired as a result of the cabinet’s decision to ease the recruitment process, and that competency training will be provided after the recruitment process is completed at a later point. He also stated that this programme will aid in the reactivation of dormant schools around the province.
The secretary expressed his gratitude to all stakeholders, including the Global Partnership for Education, the European Union, the World Bank, JICA, ECW, and UNICEF, at the conclusion of the conference.