Your editorial ‘Education denied’ (March 3) deserves high commendation and it is hoped that the piece of advice will prove to be a wake-up call for the Sindh Education Department, which seems to be in a deep slumber. Owing to the inefficient performance of both the Sindh Education Department and the Sindh Education Foundation, the Integrated Education Learning Programme (IELP) – a scheme which aims to establish public-private partnerships for increasing access to, and improving the quality of, educational services for children at primary, elementary and secondary levels – has suffered badly. In fact, this highly useful programme is at its last breath.
If quick measures are not taken by the government, the future of about a quarter million students and hundreds of teachers will be ruined. The irony is that we have been suffering because of inefficiency and greed rather than financial strains. The Sindh government must act to save the IELP.
Agha Ali Gohar Khan