PESHAWAR: Lately, an NGO brought up the issue of the dilapidated state of educational institutions in Mansehra district of K-P, claiming that 42 schools in the region are non-functional and the premises are being used for other purposes.
Ghost and non-functional schools are spread across the country in every province. The provincial ministry of education must order an immediate probe into the matter. The NGO has also claimed that the quality of education provided in rest of the schools in the region is dismal, which further explains why the province is one of the highly illiterate regions in the country. And of schools that are functional, girls make up for the highest drop-out rates. Also part of the problem is teachers’ absence, who continue to receive their salaries without taking any classes.
The state of government schools in the country is disappointing to the extent that students from these schools frequently fail elementary board exams conducted by the provincial examination boards. Whereas the K-P government has allocated more for education than Punjab and Sindh in its provincial budget, efficient utilisation of the funds is equally important to improve the literacy rate in the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2017.