Govt schools in KP also need funds

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

SHABBIR AH­MAD On one hand KP gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated Rs 300m for Darul Uloom Haqqa­nia in the an­nual bud­get 201617 but on the other hand al­most 275 schools in the Prov­ince are non-func­tional due to lack of staff, land dis­putes and se­cu­rity is­sues. More­over, qual­i­fied teach­ers are not avail­able in ma­jor­ity of the func­tion­ing schools and more than 2 mil­lion chil­dren (un­der 10 years of age) are out of schools.

Ever since the an­nounce­ment of al­lo­ca­tion of fund for the said sem­i­nary, ques­tions are be­ing raised as to how a pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tion could be al­lo­cated an amount from the tax­pay­ers’ money while the gov­ern­ment schools are in dire need of ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties and repair. There are dozens of schools in the Prov­ince where chil­dren take a day off when it is rain­ing due to no roofs. Clean drink­ing wa­ter and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties are also not avail­able in gov­ern­ment schools lo­cated in re­mote ar­eas of the Prov­ince.

PTI-led coali­tion gov­ern­ment had promised to in­tro­duce a uni­form ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in the Prov­ince in their elec­tion cam­paign and min­i­mize the num­ber of “out of school” chil­dren but we have not seen any con­crete steps in this re­gard. The Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment needs to con­cen­trate on the poor con­di­tion of the public schools in the Prov­ince and make ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort not only to in­crease the lit­er­acy rate but also pro­vide all the req­ui­site fa­cil­i­ties to the chil­dren in schools. — Via email

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