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615 schools closed in Balochistan

Published Jul 13, 2013 07:29am


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QUETTA: Over 600 schools set up in Balochistan under a presidential ordinance have been closed and services of 684 teachers terminated.

Under the ordinance, a National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) was established in 2002 which set up 615 schools and hired 684 teachers in Balochistan to educate over 4,600 students in those schools.

The NCHD extended cooperation to the provincial education department for enrolment of students and quality education and 684 feeder teachers hired under the programme were discharging their duties on a meagre salary of Rs1,500 per month.

However, after the passage of the 18th Amendment, the federal government transferred the NCHD programme to provinces as part of giving autonomy to them.

Under the NCHD, teachers were posted and deployed in those government-run schools where no teacher was available or only a single teacher performed his/her job.

The NCHD scheme showed better results and brought down the dropout rate during 2003-06 and more children were enrolled in the schools.

During the PPP-led coalition government of Balochistan, a summary was sent to the chief secretary, finance secretary and education department, asking them to evolve a policy to regularise the service of the teachers hired by the NCHD. However, no action was taken on the summary and the services of these teachers were terminated.

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naseer ahmad khan Jul 13, 2013 01:58pm

i read it and i am so impressed by your article about balochistan situation but i am astound why is going like that even though the government of balochiatan are also struggling to compel it but we are jut divest ourselves. i just wanna know which era of pakistan government was good ???

Dr.Sohaib Abdi Jul 13, 2013 02:46pm

Good..Govt didn't regularize this scheme as This will also save money for it will boost up our economy..Poor people always have to Sacrifice.. :(

Fayyaz Jul 13, 2013 05:56pm

A shameful tragedy . On the same day Malala is speaking at the United Nations, 615 schools are closed in Baluchistan. What a fitting way to pay a tribute to her cause.

Why the Dawn and other Media outlets did not created hell before it happened to awaken the bureaucracy? That is what responsible media does in the West! Just reporting after the fact does not require much skills, but picking up such tragic episodes before they happen and awaken the public and policy makers require lot of skills, work and is real public service.

S. A. M. Jul 13, 2013 07:14pm

is it a joke that a person will work honestly for the whole month to take home a salary of Rs 1,500. what would be the level of that teacher I wonder. naturally the teacher would also be from the same back of beyond loaclities. I doubt that the teachers would be very regular or keen on imparting quality education (if he had any) to students. I don't think that the closure of 615 students would have made a big literary loss to the province.

Wayback in 1996 I travelled across Baluchistan from Karachi I was shocked to see how backward the province was and the people as well. It seemed like you have landed amongst the people from the cave age. just across the broder in Iran's Baluchistan it was altogether a different world. Nicley paved clean roads, roundabouts, flowers, trees and good buildings and universities. uplift in our Baluchistan is almost an impossibility four reasons that the level of poverty is so low that it will take years and years to bring it to a decent level and chiefly there appears to be no will to do that.

Mustafa Jul 13, 2013 10:18pm

The money thus saved in needed for a bank account in Europe.

Muhammad Mushtaq Jul 14, 2013 12:01am

Swift action is needed to save the future of thousands of children benefiting and will benefit in future from these schools and not to count teachers working in these schools. Regardless of who's fault it is and who didn't do their job in the past, now is the time for action.

jon Jul 14, 2013 02:34pm

1500 per month?? did I read it write, how can you expect a person to have a living and give them any dignity at that 15 dollars a month. Pakistanis have no respect for the classroom and never take education seriously.

Gerry D'Cunha Jul 14, 2013 04:48pm

615 schools closed in balochistan - so where can these students go - let them join the jihadis group and do some service for islam

sal Jul 15, 2013 03:07am

@S. A. M. : A province so rich in resources with a deep sea port. One must indeed wonder where the money goes...well we don't need to wonder too much.

msm Jul 15, 2013 07:09am

Appropriate action, not comments. Both from Government and every Pakistani.