Federal Capital: Irate residents vow to resist shifting of Govt school

ISLAMABAD: The alleged plan to shift Islamabad Model School for Girls from Mohalla Qazi Abad to Mohalla Dhoklus, Bhara Kahu, triggered a shocking concern in the locality and the residents vowed to the resist the move, come what may.

The dwellers of the locality, in letters written to Director Schools Education Islamabad, Director P&D, DG Education Federal Areas Islamabad and Secretary Ministry Federal Education & Professional and Training seen by Pakistan Today, pleaded they came to know that some people in league with few teachers are planning to shift the said school set up in a rented building in Qazi Abad in 1985-86.

They were of the view that the school is located at an ideal place in a well-furnished seven-room rented building and around 95 percent students belonged to Qazi Abad and the suburb areas. The locals said that if the elements succeeded in their nefarious plan to shift the school, it would deprive around 400 students from getting education.

They said that the proposed building is of five rooms and is too costly, besides it located in the area where there are already several schools.

The locals stated that there is no other school in the Qazi Abad that is why morning and evening shifts are being held in the schools to meet the need of both of boys and girls.

Therefore, they requested the authorities concerned that the school should not be shifted to another place to save the future of their children.

Talking to this scribe Malik Farooq, whose daughter is studying in the school, said that the Mohalla Dhoklus is far away from their locality and if the school has been shifted there, he would be left with no option but to drop her daughter from the school, which would be a great loss.

Another resident of the locality, Rashid Hazarvi expressed similar concern and said that shifting of the school to a remote area is tantamount to deprive their children of education, which they would resist at all costs.

Muhammad Abrar said that providing education to the masses is the topmost priority of the incumbent government; hence they attached high hopes with Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood to take notice of this unjust move and would take steps on war-footing basis to reverse it.

Hamid Khan Wazir
The writer is a member of Pakistan Today's Islamabad bureau. He can be reached at [email protected]

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