Education, health top priority: Ghani
February 3, 2020 09:11 PM
Sindh Minister for Information and Labour Saeed Ghani has said that education and health are top priorities of Sindh government.
Speaking as chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of Government Secondary School, constructed in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Yousaf Goth Surjani Town on Monday, the provincial minister said that whenever the people of Sindh voted for Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to serve them, it exclusively focused these two important sectors.
Ghani said that just as the people of the USAID, the parents, the teachers and the students were happy for becoming part of this important event, he was too extremely happy to be here in this inauguration ceremony.
Acknowledging the efforts of USAID, Ghani said that the agency was helping the Sindh government immensely under the Sindh Basic Education Program in improving not only the infrastructure or the condition of the schools, but also the quality and the standard of education in these schools throughout the province.
He informed that the USAID was spending $ 155 million in this regard while the Sindh government was paying for the remaining costs.
Ghani said there were 112 schools which were being refurbished with the help of USAID and hoped that by next year, all these schools would be fully functional. In addition, the minister informed that there were 9,000 schools across the province which had been identified by the Sindh government for refurbishment and he hoped that all these schools would also be fully functional by next year.
Appreciating the Sindh Government’s Public Private Partnership Initiative, Saeed Ghani said that it was a milestone because it had not only brought a lot of improvement in Health and Education sector, but also in the infrastructure and development of various projects meant for improving the living standard of the people.
He said that that the Sindh province had been rated among the top most provinces of the region, where many projects had been successfully completed under the Public Private Partnership initiative. Thar Coal Project was one of the best examples of the projects completed under a Public Private Partnership initiative, the minister added.
He said that just like saving a life was like saving humanity, educating a child was like educating a generation.
Addressing the children of the school, Ghani said that they should consider themselves extremely lucky to be here, as he told that he never in his life could get the this kind of opportunity for receiving standard education, or the school like this one to study. Provincial Information Minister told the children that they should work hard sincerely, and after that there was no doubt that one day any of the children sitting there listening to him would be standing at the place where he stood today addressing them.
Addressing the teachers, he said that they should fulfill their basic responsibility in a sincere manner, and adding that, if they did so, they would not have to protest for the approval of their demands.
The minister said that the teachers should treat their students like they treated their own children. He said that he believed that what we spent on our children and on education today was basically what we were being spending on our future. He said that all basic facilities for the children would be ensured in all schools of Sindh, besides, he said that all unneeded schools would be closed.
Ghani said that if good and high quality education would be provided in the public schools then the business of the private school would automatically come to an end.