Yahya Sahil Reki
Chagai – The only government Girls Degree College in Dalbandin is facing capacity problems as there are no female lecturers to teach the students.
Dalbandin town is Headquarter of District Chagai which is situated on the north-west border of country.
There are only three Girls High Schools and one Girls Degree College for the entire Chagai district.
Government Girls Degree College was established in the period when Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch was the education minister in 1990s.
Today there are more than 200 students in the college who are taught by male lecturers of Boys Degree College on a minimum honorarium, in the evening.
Mariam Saba, a B.Sc. Student in the Degree College Says, “Girls want to study but due to tribal and religious barriers they can’t go to other cities for study and some parents do not allow their girls even in this college to be taught by male teachers.”
Mr. Noor Reki an ex-teacher, who taught girls in this college from 2011 to 2014, said that there are a lot of problems for students as well as for male teachers to teach in this college. Male teachers get tired after teaching from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Boys Degree College and then continue teaching at Girls College from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Mr. Reki added, “To be honest we get exhausted and can’t teach students properly in the evening shift and the quality is compromised.” He believes that girl students also feel shy to ask questions from male teachers about some important topics.
Maria Sadaf, an intermediate student of Student of Pre-Medical said, “We do not have enough instruments and chemicals for our practical work in the science labs and we also face difficulty in discussing about our medical subjects with male teachers”.
She further highlighted that there is no hostel for Girl students belonging to other parts of the district e.g. Chagai, Yak Mach, Nok Kundi and Taftan, therefore they quit their education after matriculation with no other option.
Government of Balochistan has declared education emergency in the province since January 2014.
Students of Government Degree College have requested from government of Balochistan to provide missing facilities and appoint female staff to ensure that students have access to quality education, as they are the future of nation.
Published in The Balochistan Point on December 22, 2015