Technical Assistance under the Sindh Education Sector Support Programme (SESSP) Pakistan

The objective of the project was to assist the Government of Sindh towards improving its management and its service delivery in the education sector. The main purpose of this contract was to assist in the fulfillment of the overall objective and purpose of the SESSP. Semiotics was engaged to facilitate the client in meeting this objective, through provision of sufficiently qualified and experienced experts.

Services Provided

A brief overview of support provided by the experts, inducted through Semiotics, is as under:
The Senior Advisor (Quality Education) oversaw all aspects pertaining to providing technical and capacity building support to the Government of Sindh to ensure the delivery of quality education services, including but not limited to, teacher training and continuous professional development, curriculum, book and learning material development, educational assessment, teacher recruitment and deployment, school and classroom environment and management.
The Curriculum Implementation Framework Expert provided technical and professional advice and guidance to the counterparts and stakeholders on the Curriculum Implementation Framework and made it responsive to the needs and demands of the province / to its rapidly changing educational needs.
The Assessment Expert for Grade IV level worked with staff at the relevant government department to provide mentoring in the design of test instruments, pilot and modify the instruments, analyse the raw scores and develop analytical reports through test statistics, reliability coefficient and standard error of measurement.
The Technical Advisor for Capacity Development provided advisory for Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Based Framework in assessment. The activity was carried out in three phases. Phase I for the development, review and drafting of the framework. Phase II for holding a participatory workshop with strategic public private institutions for their comments and feedback for further refinement of the assessment frameworks. Phase III involved a seminar on the SLO Based assessment Framework for grades K-12, aimed at enabling Government to notify the assessment policy and frameworks for all levels of schooling.
The Capacity Development Experts (Curriculum & Textbook Writing) were appointed to support the text book writers in the subjects of Urdu, English, Math, General Science, and Social Studies (History and Geography) for various class Grades. The experts planned and conducted training workshops for the text book writers, together with subject specialists from Sindh Text Book Board and subject experts from Bureau of Curriculum.
Two CBSM Experts were inducted for implementing Cluster Based School Management (CBSM) Policy, in a number of districts for multi-grade teaching, continuous professional development and eventually to provide for any concrete recommendations for a subsequent roll out. The activity included an in-depth situational analysis at the district and taluka level.
Professional Development Expert for Multi Grade Teaching (MGT), was inducted for teacher mentoring. The Expert worked with the relevant organizations at different stages assignment including PITE, STEDA, Curriculum Directorate, on manuals and materials development, training planning and development and for imparting the training including seeking nominations from PITE, GECEs and districts Cluster based teachers. The expert along with selected teacher educators worked with classroom teachers and developed their skills to design and manage multi grade teaching in their respective classrooms.
SESLOAF Implementation Experts were inducted to implement the notified SESLOAF (Sindh Education Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Framework) to support authentic and balanced assessment beginning from grades, I –VIII, in clustered schools with the support of the Guide Teachers (GTs) and TEOs (Taluka Education officers) in six districts of Sindh. The task aimed at implementation of the notified policy, including organizing a session for relevant government department to develop a costed annual work, review and improve the SESLOAF booklets. Sessions were also held at the district level (6 districts) to review the booklets for which a plan of implementation of assessment tasks was also carried out.


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