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province to denationalise 400 schools
KARACHI, December 2
(Internews): Pakistan's southern Sindh province has
decided to speed up its drive to denationalise over 400 schools by
handing over their reins to their previous owners.
Sindh Education Department officials said here Sunday that they have so
far denationalised 165 institutions while about 400 such institutions
are yet to be handed back to their original owners.
The handover is part of provincial reforms programme and the process is
being accelerated in order to strengthen public-private
The Education Department, in pursuance of a provincial cabinet decision on
August 21, has also formulated a policy and criteria for re-transfer of
Officials say that to promote public-private partnership, the Department
has begun the process of leasing school buildings to the private sector
and non-governmental organisations.
Buildings constructed under the Parliamentarians Programme (schemes
approved on the recommendations of Sindhi legislators) are also being
offered to the private sector for purchase or lease.
Also, under the Adopt-a-School programme of the Sindh Education
Foundation, about 120 schools have been adopted by private sector and NGOs
"There is now a great recognition of the private sector's importance in
education as it accounts for more than 40 per cent of student enrolment
in urban areas of Sindh," one official said.
In order to supplement government efforts in service delivery of
education, the private sector is playing an increasingly important role,
He said that all such individuals and organisations that desire to apply
for denationalisation of any particular institution can do so along with
relevant papers including ownership documents and submit them in the
office of the Executive District Officer Education, Karachi. -Internews
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