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Role of education
All the time we listen and are taught that education is key to success. Yet our methods include cramming, getting higher grades or higher degrees. Our overall education system is based on these things and for this responsible are our education systems, parents and surroundings.
The first and foremost important role played by parents is to build children’s educational career to get good grades but not good education because they think of getting a good job in any organisation but not of thinking about morality and character-building. Every student has the potential of getting good marks. Higher or lower grades don’t decide their future so parents should not blame their children for grades Lastly our education system is just focused on status and reputation by showing others our grades, not our skills or talent.
People are not even able to buy genuine medicines. Patients buy medicines at high prices yet they are of low quality as if they are fake. Even lifesaving drugs are not genuine. It is crime equivalent to killing people. Those dealing in such fake drugs and those who are responsible for selling need to be punished severely. The punishment should be exemplary so that no body could even think of doing so.
The only public library
Being third largest city in Sindh and fourteenth in the country, Sukkur city operates only one public library under Sukkur Municipal Corporation. With only seating arrangement of hundred seats and few air conditions that usually do not work due to excessive load shedding. The Library also lacks facility of drinking water.
The only public library is grappling with multiple issues due to careless and rude staff. Concerned authorities must ensure decent staff, increased seating capacity, permanent solution to load shedding along with provision of potable water for those who visit it.
ABDUL KARIM BUGTI
Schools need teachers
With 480,000 inhabitants, Panjgur is one of the largest districts in Balochistan. It has 48 elementary schools (40 for girls, eight for boys), 18 middle schools (three for girls and 10 for boys) and 26 secondary schools (16 for male and 10 for female). A look at these schools would reveal achievement of Balochistan government, which two years ago made great promises to bring about miraculous changes in the education sector. All schools are in a desolate condition. Some of the 48 elementary schools operate regularly but lack basic facilities.
Middle and high schools lack transportation system, proper classrooms, science labs, research centres, computer labs, libraries and playing fields. In addition, teacher absenteeism is common practice. Concerned authorities at both provincial and district levels are urged to take immediate action.
AMEENULLAH QAMAR BALOCH
It is highly unfortunate to see growing tension and clashes taking place among various tribes in rural Sindh. The most recent one was Mazari-Malik clash in Kashmore which injured many including women from both groups. Several precious lives have been lost in such clashes that do erupt on petty matters, ranging from an exchange of hot words between two people from different tribes to theft of livestock/land grabbing persisting for more than 3 decades.
The clashes on trivial issues then involve the two tribes, claiming several lives and property. Once there is a clash, no member of the warring clan can move freely to look after his crops because of the fear of getting killed by opponent tribesmen. It results in financial problems for members of fighting tribes who, as a consequence, become hardened criminals to feed hungry bellies of their families. In some cases, members of warring tribes have become notorious dacoits, maintaining strong links with the world of crime. It is children of quarrelling clans who suffer the most. They are not allowed to attend their schools and thus grow up as uneducated adults. In upper part of Sindh, Kashmore has seen highest number of bloody clashes.
These disputes keep people dependent on their sardars. It helps these sardars to keep their vote bank intact. Some of these self-proclaimed chiefs even do not let their own people sit on sofas or chairs in their guestrooms known as ‘autaq’. They are rather compelled to sit on the floor in front of their sardars who sit on elevated, cosy seats. This feudal mindset is the biggest obstacle to education and literacy rate in rural Sindh. The situation must change for the better. There is dire need to forge a consensus on this grave issue to figure out and contain this perpetual menace. I urge Chief minister Sindh and authorities concerned to wake up and play pivotal role in containing this perpetual menace as soon as possible.
Ignoring physical activity
It is disheartening to note that physical activity instead of being priority of every single person has been ignored and playing physical sports has been replaced by online games.
Ignoring physical activities can cause many issues like physical illnesses, depression, insomnia, lack of creativity, lack of communication skills etc. People who indulge in physical activities remain healthy and fit.
The government should create more public parks and playgrounds and also ensure safety of people so that people can easily go and enjoy outdoor activities. Parents should assist their children to socialise and enjoy various sports.
The students should be facilitated and encouraged at school to take part in sports and other extracurricular activities because health is an important gift of God that must be preserved with a healthy life style.
PARVEZ MOULA BAKHSH