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Ghost Schools and Teachers in Balochistan

By: Ubaid Zehri

Article 25-A of the constitution of Pakistan says : “State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to 16 years in such manner as may be determined by law”. Unfortunately state has failed to implement article in true spirit as Balochistan is in bad governance for many decades which has caused low literacy rate in the province.

The provincial governments come in power and completed their term by just making political slogans of promoting education and brining reforms in the education sector. In real, nothing has happened.

The rich province is in state of poor education. Its education sector including all sectors are in crisis. It is said that CPEC will change the fate of Balochistan. The irony is that such slogans cannot improve anything in the natural resources rich province unless problem-stricken province gets good governance under leadership of dynamic leaders.

The Chief Minister of Balochistan including other concerned authorities have received reports that there are approximately 10,000 ghost teachers in Balochistan and a majority of government schoolteachers remain absent from the duty.

Somehow this illegal practice is continuing in connivance with some senior officials of the education department & political parties.

It is matter of great concern that such ghost schools receive funding but have no teachers or students & some teachers get salaries while sitting at home which have created hurdles in raising literacy rate of Balochistan.

Ghost teachers and ghost schools are responsible of educational crisis of the Province; Government of Balochistan should start crackdown on emergency basis without any delay to remove ghost schools & dismiss ghost teachers across the Balochistan.

Published in The Balochistan Point on July 27, 2017

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