SINDH EDUCATION REFORM PROGRAM (SERP)
THE SCHOOL REHABILATATION PROGRAM – a School Infrastructure Investment Initiative (SII) - for provision of missing/lacking facilities, is primarily aimed at providing necessary additional resources to improve access constraint reported to be affecting the low enrolments and high drop out rates at all levels, especially at primary level, in the public sector especially in the rural areas of Sindh. All other donor assisted programs including one from the European Commission are also expected to chin in their resources and align their sector interventions with the Sindh Education Sector Strategy.
The School Rehabilitation Plan (SRP) is one of the many other components as envisaged under the Sindh Education Reform Program (SERP), dealing variously with (I) Improving fiscal sustainability and effectiveness of public expenditure, (II) Improving education sector governance and management, (III) Improving access to quality schooling particularly in rural areas and for girls, and (IV) Improving the quality of teaching and learning.
In this context, the SRP initiative envisions the provision of proper building covers to shelter-less schools, additional class rooms, and missing facilities (electricity, water, toilet and boundary wall) at government –run, operational primary schools, in all the districts of Sindh, amongst other initiatives under SINDH EDUCATION REFORM PROGRAM (SERP) – a three year medium term program supported by the World Bank’s programmatic series of Education Sector Development Policy Credits for budgetary support to Govt. of Sindh. Donor Coordination is also envisaged as one of the most critical issues under the sector strategy.
The School Rehabilitation Program(SRP) has planned to help improve physical access by providing missing/lacking facilities (water, electricity, toilets and boundary walls), additional class rooms and adequate with allied facilities to shelter-less schools in Sindh, in order to help the district governments achieve MINIMUM FUNCTIONALITY IN TERMS OF MINIMUM SERVICE STANDARDS for all public schools in Sindh. However, the first year of the program was restricted to the PRIMARY SCHOOLS ONLY, empowering partner District Governments to decide on their own their own the prioritised primary schools (Core List of Priority Primary Schools – CLIPPS), within the LIMISTS OF PRESCRIBED CRITERIA – all schools to be existing, main, functional, primary govt. schools without any duplication. Schemes were required to be physically surveyed by the District Governments before selection of such schemes. An undertaking on a prescribed certificate was obtained as a pre-requisite from each partner District Government undertaking in writing that it complied with the laid down criteria for selection of schemes before approving them at the District level.
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