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Flood-hit schools still closed

November 29, 2012

THIS is with reference to a news report on floods in Sindh (Nov 21). According to the report, about 5,000 children of 26 rain-hit villages in Dadu district have not gone to their respective schools in the past three months.

The reason was that the schools of these villages/areas were closed down in August last during the monsoon rains. Although almost four months have passed since the rainwaters hit the area, neither teachers posted in these government schools nor the education and literacy department has turned up. They should have realised their responsibility to open the schools in the reported villages.

The villagers approached the local education department to open the schools but all in vain.

There are many other dysfunctional and ghost schools that exist in almost all districts in Sindh. This situation has put the future of the marginalised and underprivileged children at stake. The government howevem makes hollow claims that they have been providing equal education facilities to all in the province.

The government should notice the alarming situation of education in Sindh and take serious notice of the closed schools in district Dadu. It should also constitute district-based post-flood education-vigilant committees, which are tasked to survey closed schools in any respective district. The committee should report to the higher authorities any such schools that have not opened till now.