By: Rafiullah Mandokhail
ZHOB: “In Balochistan the state-run schools are in precarious condition. Around 70 percent of public sector schools have no basic facilities including drinking water, electricity and boundary walls. In the province 1.2 million children are in state-run schools, while 0.5 million children are in private institutions.”
This was revealed by General Secretary Balochistan Private Schools Foundation Nazar Barech while addressing ‘Parents Day’ function held at Islamia Public high school here.
Chief guest of the event was Chairman of the association Jaffar Kakar. Tehsildar Sadiq Hariphal, Balochistan Private Schools Grand Alliance leaders Naqeeb Shahwani, Rozi Khan Khilji, Rehmat Ghaznavi, Amir Umair Kakar, private school heads, parents and students in a large number attended the event.
Addressing on the occasion Chairman BPSF Jaffar Kakar, Ex-DDO Wazir Khan Nasar, Haji Saleem Nasir, Hazrat Ali Kausar, President Government Teachers Association Ayoub Mandokhail, Ex-president Shafiq Mandokhail, President PTI Dawood Mandokhail and school principal Abid Nasar termed the students greatest national asset and the teaching a noble profession. They said that despite the repeated tall claims of the provincial government two million children are still out of school in the province.
“In Balochistan the schools are built on political-base instead of need-base. Resultantly in urban schools the classrooms are packed while in rural areas the schools have no basic facilities.” They lamented.
Quoting education statistics they said there are 13674 government-run schools besides hundreds of private schools in the province. The total number of students in government-run schools is 874000 and the provincial government bears Rs.2800 expenses per student every month in the state-run schools. They maintained.
“In Zhob district 26000 students are getting education in 360 government-run schools, while 20,000 students in 50 private institutions”.
They lamented that public sector has been neglected deliberately and despite sterling contribution to education the sector has been pushed to the wall and termed the Private Regulatory Bill an indiscriminate act towards the sector. The leaders rejected the board exam for fifth and eight classes at private schools.
The students on the occasion presented speeches, tableaus and national songs. Tehsildar Sadiq Hariphal gave away cash prize of Rs.10, 000 and Haji Kajal Nasar gave away the cash prize of Rs.5, 000 to students for their performance. Principal Abid Nasar presented souvenirs to the guests.
Published in The Balochistan Point on November 18, 2018