“No Promotion to Next Grades Without Exams” : Education Department

The Taleem Bachao Action Committee, which comprises 16 state-run school teachers’ associations , has urged the Sindh School Education and Literacy Department to conduct the examinations of compulsory subjects instead of promoting students of government schools to upper grades without assessment after the threat of coronavirus ends.

The committee has also suggested that the provincial government should eliminate unnecessary holidays from the next session so that educational loss could be minimised. To maintain the quality of education at the government schools, there was need for close coordination among the relevant officials.

Taleem Bachao Action Committee convener Anees-ur-Rahman, in a joint press statement, said that teachers of government schools were ready to cooperate with officials of the government and the education department to sort out the problems.

“Everyone knows that the quality of education in government schools is not up to the mark. This year, the closure of schools due to coronavirus has badly disrupted education at government schools. But it seems that the government is only concerned about private schools. The officials have no plan for thousands of children studying at state-run schools.”

He added that especially the government schools was a forgotten chapter in the current situation. “The coronavirus school closures have created more problems for the students and teachers of state-run schools. Therefore, a comprehensive plan is needed to address these issues.”

He said that around all countries across the globe were taking steps to secure the future of students, and had shifted schools online, but in Pakistan the authorities seemed confused and had closed schools without providing any solutions.

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