Jan 18, 2014

Chief Minister Sind says “sell arms and buy books!

An apparent contradiction among our political leaders what they say and what they deliver – a painful situation of course & mental agony for a normal man who trusts in their leaders – to whom they voted and believed honestly, firmly and widely to get their problem resolved once for all - but unfortunately all such boasting what the govt. representatives do before the people ends in fiasco and goes ironic….

Here we talk about the desperate plight of the public primary and secondary school in Sind Rural and Urban. People who wants to send their children to get education but get them back because school does not exists at all or if there are school but does not deserve to name it a school as animals living inside the school not human being.
School has been captured or encroached by influential lords of the area and using for vehicles parking or stored cultivated crops, some school being used as a Katchra Kundi (garbage corner) and some school has plough-materials shovels, trolley & tractors inside the school with no student and teacher but name of school has been engraved on its boundary wall.

In some places schools have been occupied for police accommodation, some school showing having a giant lock at the door & people using its lawn for car washing and a big poster has been fixed on the wall showing the name of the some MNA/ MPA stating “We are thankful & salute to Mr. so and so for building the school in the area & congratulate to the people of this constituency who voted Mr. so and so who cared us for education to our children we therefore appreciate the efforts of Mr. so and so”.
But in reality it’s a closed school and even not a single day it has been opened said by someone living in the area who was washing his donkey and cleaning the cart inside the school lawn, someone also was washing the car while some one was giving shower to his dog.
Verily it’s a crime, treachery, shamefulness, wantonness and an elaborate hoax giving impression that sitting MNA/ MPA has constructed the school and on the name of school he/she has captured approx. 20 thousands square yards of land, it is situated in Ibrahim Hydri area new Karachi.
This is one example if the govt. authority is serious and really wants to do something for education they can visit across Sind province to see what’s really exist in the name of public primary and secondary school and feel the difference what govt. representative talks and what they deliver?
At some place school building has been sold out and converted into commercial flats, most of the school now is running as shopping Mall, Restaurants and encroachment mafias are happy keeping the children away from the schools. And govt. is blind, knows everything but knows nothing, looking a silent spectators no replacement even, said a disgruntled parent who has withdrawn his children because of no teacher, no bench no chair, no black board, drinking water and toilet facility, children are deprived off the basic facility at the school.
A general complaints about school though some has four walls but no doors and windows, disconnected light, no school bench & stool, no chair for teacher, no blackboard, without drinking water & toilets with chocked drainage causing the whole area stinky, swinging electrical circuit with nude wires, un-plastered walls, visible iron bars from the ceiling a clear threat to the lives of the children.
Of course everything is well known to the CM who is the chief executive of Sind and just with a simple jerk of pen CM can instruct the concern authority asking to evacuate the school and can order for renovation & refurbishment on priority & can ask local administration to supply school furniture - Repair & maintenance work can be carried out - can be initiated but if CM is serious otherwise our vociferation will be effortless said by school teacher who was showing his school in Larkana which is the home town of PPP Ex-president Asif Ali Zardari.
CM sparkling & varnished speeches where he says ‘sell arms and buy books’ looked everybody vibrant and felt them serene that CM felt & realized the importance of education in Sind province and he shall make the education for all as he has been emphasizing at different occasion.
CM calls for ‘sell arms and buy books’ seems similar slogan raised by Malala Yousef Zai - a young lady who jolted the world putting herself as anvil before Taliban to fight against the leading terrorism in the Pakistan believing that education is the only source to change the thoughts of Taliban and others who has been aside or avoiding of education due to extreme threat from Taliban.
Ms. Malala whose birthday had been celebrated at UN where she addressed the audience & distinguished leaders attending the grand show across the globe, she said one boy, one pen and one book can change the history –can change the world so come ahead and get the community equipped with “Education” and this is the only tool where we can defeat the terrorist and activist who has been a threat to the globe, said Malala.
CM says that it is his govt. policy to educate every child in the province to get education up to class X – the reality went unearthed by the constituted team of high court judges who submitted their report about public primary and secondary school running in Sind rural and urban area about outnumbered school closures & reason of ghost schools etc. the report however further submitted to supreme court.
Sometime CM says that he will hold accountable & responsible to every single authority who received the budgeted amount allocated for schools to spend and spread the education in the province but it did not consumed rather misused the fund.
CM speech to ‘sell arms and buy books’ truly made the audience mesmerized & captivated who travelled in future of their children? Said by a housewife attended the event.
Status quo of Public Primary & Secondary schools are obvious, the debilitated condition of schools can been seen by anybody that how many schools are functional and dysfunctional in Rural and Urban what are the reasons of deactivation, said a headmistress of secondary school in Hyderabad.
Tendency to speak before the audience, sugar quoted words, do astronomical promises, painting rosy picture and representing himself/ herself as a true Messiah to get the masses free from all barriers and hurdles that has cropped into the way of progression & prosperity. Giving an ultimate impression that he/ she is the real crusader who can get the nation free from all frustration and depravity so that people can get a sigh of relief, can live with harmony, cohesion & undisturbed with no more grievances..
A chronic ailment amongst our leaders that’s becomes painful for a normal citizen of the country who trusts in, expects & looks confidently to get the required facility in place but it is aggressiveness, audacity & uncaring attitude of our leaders who though makes commitment but they don’t materialize commitment, the dream of brighter days remains unattended.
I was under no illusion that CM slogan ‘to sell arms and buy book’ would not be a rhetoric but would be ending in ‘reality’ as the landmark had been fixed by PPP govt. when they were in power, CM had said that ‘make education compulsory for every child living in rural and urban area of Sind’ but they reneged the ‘pledged’ during his tenure of govt. 2008-2013.
In one of the event held in Karachi addressing with students, CM quoted and recalled the saying of Country founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah urging students to adopt three principals i.e. Faith - Unity & Discipline for the solidarity and integrity of Pakistan that’s not only would shape your future but the Country itself would prosper if followed, said by CM.
Education at primary and secondary level are presenting very gloomy & depressive statistics where thousands of Public Primary & Secondary schools in Rural & Urban Sind have been closed due to lack of basic facility.
Ø  The report says that in 27 districts of Sind including 5 districts of Karachi there are 48,227 schools established by the provincial govt. to impart primary and secondary education to the children living there.
Ø  The number of Non-functional school are 6,721 wherein 4,540 school though it has a building structure on the ground but not functional.
Ø  And 2,181 are ‘ghost schools’ which does not exist initially but lies in the file and has been shown functional.
Ø  A worst example of leading corrupt[ton in school - The reports also claims that there are several school those have been converted into cattle pens and some are used as a ‘guest room from local landlords’.
Ø  524 school buildings have been encroached – And 17 schools are under litigation pending in the courts report says.
Ø  Moreover the report further highlights that govt. releasing funds for school regularly but it is not invested on school either on its construction or refurbishment.
Ø  Each district had received huge budgetary allocations last year but it did not spent even a single fills on school, report submitted by Sind High Court (SHC) to Supreme Court of Karachi clarifies.
Ø  Eye opener – The report discloses that most of the ‘ghost school’ are situated in Asif Ali Zardari Ex President of Pakistan’s district Benazir Abad.
Ø  Besides, there are 112 schools that have been encroached upon in the same locality. And Ex-President has no guts to get the school released.
Ø  Eye opener - In Dadu district, Ex Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq who was holding office in 2008 and followed now by his son in 2013. The constituency PS-74 there are 271 ghost school and from here Mir Mazharul Haq had won the election its own area and how callous he is keeping the generation illiterate? Said by group of people at open public forum discussing the terrible condition of school in Sind.
Ø  Eye-opener 2013 President Asif Ali Zardari on the eve of Malala Yousef Zai birthday celebration organized at UNO, showing his enthusiasm he announced at electronic media to honor global initiative ‘to educate all girls by the year 2015 and set up a fund in the name of Malala Yousef Zai and generously donated $10 million dollar but what happened next, it looks that when night is over then it does not follow with a day. 
Ø  People does not see induction of any new school or any renovation of school even in Asif Ali Zardari own constituency. 
Ø  There are 6000 schools in Ex-president constituency and all are closed.
Ø  And CM was boasting in one of his press conference with media that Sind govt. among provinces has taken a lead, complying Article 25-A in the constitution declaring primary education has been compulsory for children between the ages of 5 & 16 really a rhetoric, said by a university professor debating the appalling condition of our schools in urban and rural area of Sind.
Ø  2010-11 - Report published by (NEMIS) National Education Management information system.
Ø  The report says that in Sind province there are total number of 48,914 institutions in public sector of education (primary and secondary level). Out of this 5,765 are located in urban areas and the remaining 43,149 are in rural areas.
Ø  The total enrolment for the province is 4,402,993 - Urban areas have an enrolment of 1,262,716 whereas the rural area’s share is 3,140,277.
Ø  The total number of teachers is 144,610, of these 55,356 are teaching in Urban area institutions and 89,254 are teaching in Rural areas of the Province.
In the last CM should abide by his word what said during 22nd parents day event held in Cadet College Larkana that “sell arms and buy books” such a marvelous & spectacular feeling and words he should mean it, said by a professor sitting in the event.
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