LARKANA: The Government Girls Primary School is closed since last five months in village Khanwah, near the final resting place of Bhutto leaders in Garhi Khuda Bux, which has exposed the so-called education emergency imposed by Sindh Chief Minister in Sindh to improve the standard of education.
This negligence shows that rulers’ commitment to prioritise education to fulfil the vision of Benazir Bhutto has failed. The school is located within the constituency of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Women Wing President Faryal Talpur. Education of more than 100 girls is at stake along with their future by the incompetent education department bosses who have neglected this school daringly for unknown reasons and there seems nobody to take stern action in this regard.
Security Guard Ali Nawaz Shaikh said that two lady teachers were previously posted, one belonged to Mirpur Bhutto and another was from Ratodero. First the teacher of Ratodero got herself transferred and one teacher continued to impart education to the girl students of the village, he added. He said after some time teacher of Mirpur Bhutto also got her services shifted to home village school as no more teachers were posted in the school to deal with the increasing number of girl students. He said in this since last about five months this school is closed or awaiting posting of new teachers to run it.
Villagers, Ghulam Muhammad Jarwar, Qurban Ali, Sikandar Ali and others told media persons on Tuesday that one Sindh University test-passed teacher was posted at the very outset in 2010 and another was also posted later on due to which school was functioning very smoothly, but after transfer of first teacher to her hometown Ratodero another teacher also used her influence and got her services transferred to her hometown and since then this lone girls school of the areas is dysfunctional denying right to education to their daughters in this age of science & technology.
They alleged that education of their girls had been willfully destroyed as they had constantly been complaining to the education department officers who had been visiting the affected school, but nothing as yet had come out which proves that most incompetent officers had been posted on administrative posts on political grounds, they further alleged. Little girl students Maira, Shahnaz, Maryam and others said that they daily go to the school early in the morning but come back to their homes because of the unavailability of teachers.
They said their other friends had been admitted to private schools as their parents can’t afford their high fees but since ‘we were very poor and cannot afford fees; hence we have no other option but to remain illiterate for life’.
The school has been provided with solar system and a refrigerator was also found for cold drinking water facility but new building was without any female teacher which indeed is utmost negligence of relevant officers who have wasted taxpayers’ hard-earned money. The villagers and the students have demanded of the higher Sindh government to look into the basic issues faced by the villagers and order functionality of the school without loss of further time to save their future.