Publication Date

January 2010

Abstract

Placed amongst the lower middle income countries (The World Bank 2010), a large segment of the population of Pakistan is unable to afford the expenses on basic amenities including education. In year 2003, the Government of Sindh, initiated a free textbooks scheme.

This study investigates the transparency and efficiency of distribution process; examines the challenges and opportunities of the procurement and delivery process; and assesses the perceptions and feedback of the stakeholders. The study was conducted in all the districts of Sindh Province. The data were collected through analysis of documents, field survey, focus group discussions and interviews.

The study concluded that the scheme was marred by logistic and resource constraints, lack of coordination, weak management, capacity issues of functionaries, ineffective monitoring mechanism, institutional corruption, and intervention‘s sustainability. The paper recommends that the public education delivery mechanism needs to be revisited and updated.