Taking notice of electronic media reports about lack of basic facilities at government schools in Taluka Jati, Sujawal and Faridabad, Dadu
Its surprised that SHC CJ is only concerned about 4 Schools in Sindh [stated above] whereas the report published in Sep 2018 by USAID Sindh basic education program in Partnership with Government of Sindh stated something very bleak & alarming rather a complete closure of school & killing education portfolio on part of Sindh govt.
Sindh govt. talks aggressively on provision of education in Sindh but in reality its zero, just a lip service, hollow promises and empty claim since decades where Dysfunctional schools are higher than Functional.
PPP has been in the govt. whether the province governed under military rule or ran through elected representative in either case no improvement we noticed since 35 years in order to ameliorate the debilitative condition of schools in Sindh.
Even though the Court issued the directives on a set of petitions mainly seeking implementation of the Sindh Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2013, the law was promulgated after induction of Article 25A in the Constitution but has gone ineffective & no progress at all
Sufficient amounts are budgeted on the name of education but greedy and corrupt leadership abuses the fund, keeping the generation illiterate designedly so that people may not stand before them.
Deliberately keeping oppression & suppression among the community, keeping slavery system alive, avoiding of imparting education for the sake of political power & uninterrupted legacy syndrome.
The desire of influential lords sitting in the govt. for not to educate but keeping them simpleton so that people may not raise voice before the corrupt political leadership saving vote bank strength intact in Sindh.
The proliferation of small basic education facility throughout Sindh nearly impossible to manage, there are 49,000 schools in the Government of Sindh [GOS]'s [the current inventory], many of which are non-functional, poorly located, undersized (one or two-rooms), understaffed and poorly constructed - teacher absenteeism is chronic and common.
In addition, having several schools situated on the same premises, each with separate administrative personnel – this has created inefficiencies that the Government of Sindh can ill afford.
Finally, there has been an under-investment in school facilities serving students of class 5, which has left few options for children to continue their education beyond the primary level, particularly for girls.
Further, the managing director of the Sind Education Foundation [SEF], Naheed Shah Durrani, contended that efforts were being made for proper implementation of the law and during the last three years they had ensured 100% enrolments of students across Sindh.
The bench said that according to a report 10,364 school buildings in Sindh were satisfactory, 18,838 needed repair, 6,375 were declared dangerous, and there were no information available about 319 schools with the education department.
Besides the MD SEF, Secretary Education Qazi Shahid Pervez had been asked by the court to recover schools building which were illegally occupied or encroached upon so that all schools may be utilized for the purpose of education in the province, especially in the rural areas.
Moreover as many as 52 ghost schools SEF uncovered across the province.
According to details, Rs50 million had been allocated for the Ghost schools by the SEF, which is a public-private partnership institution providing funds to schools in areas where there are no government educational institutions.
The districts where the SEF’s Ghost school has been uncovered included Larkana, Hyderabad, Dadu, Tharparkar, Sanghar and Mirpur Khas.
The Ghost School was under the supervision of various non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and the private sector, according to the documents.
Meanwhile, it has been learnt that funds were given for schools which either turned out to be ghost School or did not use the funds properly.
According to report released on 24th Oct 2017 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, highlighted the government’s apparent failure to provide high-quality education in Pakistan.
Lack of sanitation, level of teachers’ salaries, low levels of spending on education and lack of regulations of health and safety at schools are being counted among the reasons for this.
In Sindh, one of the major issues being faced is lack of sanitation and water facilities.
One-third of schools in the country have no water or basic sanitation or toilets. Only half of all government schools have usable toilets.
“In Sindh, 100,000 students leave school in the first month every year due to the absence of basic facilities (such as water and sanitation),” admitted the provincial education department’s secretary, Dr Iqbal Hussain Durrani, before the judicial commission.
According to a survey conducted by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum in 2017, around 95% of public schools along the Sindh coastline do not have drinking water or washrooms for students.
“We conducted the survey in Kharo Chan and Keti Bunder tehsils of Thatta district, where 95% schools lack drinking water facilities,” the forum’s field coordinator Gulab Shah had said.
On October 18, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced that 4,000 schools would be selected and provided all necessary facilities within the next six months. He had approved Rs6 billion for the project during a meeting with education department officials.
In a presentation to the CM, the education secretary had said there were around 4,000 schools in the province that did not have washrooms upon which Shah had commented that he had been listening to reports of missing facilities in schools for years.
He directed the school education department to select at least 4,000 schools and provide them all the facilities, including boundary walls, libraries, teachers’ rooms, laboratories, washrooms, drinking water and electricity. Shah directed the provision of solar energy to schools where power connections via electrical poles were not possible.
Has it been done still a big question mark? And where the approved amount R 6 billion is gone?