JUST look around, the whole landescape of Sindh gives a gloomy picture of state of education where children have either no facilities available for getting education, and if available, then the environment does not appear so conducive to get education.

The system of exploitation has drawn a thick line between the haves and the have-nots.

The poor children have no access to quality education. Also, they are not lucky enough to find continuity in their education.

This is so because most public-sector schools have been rendered useless as a result of mismanagement, inadequate means of training and lack of motivation for teaching cadre.

Above all, the phenomena of ghost and quasi-educated teachers have played havoc with society

Owing to the indifferent attitude of successive governments to the cause of education a large chunk of population has been rendered illiterate. The situation is becoming worse day by day.

Society is fast converting into an illiterate mob where the uneducated populace surpasses the educated segment very rapidly.

If this decline is not checked immediately, things will get out of hand. The government must stop beating drum about its fake success and instead take serious steps to promote education by eliminating ghost teachers and ghost schools.

With the general elections in sight, there is an opportunity for the educated people of the province to stand up and ask the vote seekers to ensure quality and universal education in the province in return of their valuable votes.

One must be sure that by securing education for children of the province in return of their votes, they would definitely be succeeding in securing employment, development and peace for their present and coming generations

ABDUL SAMAD CHANNA Karachi

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