On one hand KP government has allocated Rs 300m for Darul Uloom Haqqania in the annual budget 2016-17 but on the other hand almost 275 schools in the Province are non-functional due to lack of staff, land disputes and security issues. Moreover, qualified teachers are not available in majority of the functioning schools and more than 2 million children (under 10 years of age) are out of schools.
Ever since the announcement of allocation of fund for the said seminary, questions are being raised as to how a private organization could be allocated an amount from the taxpayers’ money while the government schools are in dire need of basic necessities and repair. There are dozens of schools in the Province where children take a day off when it is raining due to no roofs. Clean drinking water and toilet facilities are also not available in government schools located in remote areas of the Province.
PTI-led coalition government had promised to introduce a uniform education system in the Province in their election campaign and minimize the number of “out of school” children but we have not seen any concrete steps in this regard. The Provincial government needs to concentrate on the poor condition of the public schools in the Province and make every possible effort not only to increase the literacy rate but also provide all the requisite facilities to the children in schools.
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