5 Mln Children of Sindh Out of Schools
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Courtesy: Pakistan News
ISLAMABAD: Some 7700 government schools are closed in the province, and 12,138 schools don’t have a roof. This means roughly five million children are not going to school even though school staff and teachers are being paid their salaries.
Tharparkar is the district left most behind – 1,555 schools are closed there. Landlords have taken over some schools as their personal gathering space. In Badin, 1,149 schools are closed and in Karachi only 84 schools are closed in the city.
Sindh has 42,000 educational institutions out of which 3,700 are in Karachi alone. Professor Anita Ghulam Ali said that a monitoring policy was direly needed. “Staff not coming to work should not be given their salary,” she strongly recommended.
There are 1,800 model schools in the province, 2,200 secondary schools and 340 higher secondary schools in the province.