As reported by Dawn news, over 1,300 government-run schools have been shut down in Quetta and other areas of Balochistan.
An officer in the education department told about the deprived conditions of schools on the request of anonymity. The schools have been not working for the past few years. The reasons responsible for ghost schools are poor management, delayed appointment process of teachers by concerned authorities and unavailability of teachers.
More than 250 government primary, middle and high schools have been non-functional in Quetta and Pishin districts alone. The stats came into light during a meeting of all district education officers held in Quetta recently. The meeting was chaired by the Balochistan education secretary Noorul Haq Baloch.
When asked to answer the reasons behind the closed schools, the secretary said the process of appointment of teachers in Balochistan was in the final phase.
Baloch added, “With the new appointments, we will be able to re-open the non-functional schools in the province.”
In Balochistan, the number of government-run primary, middle and high schools is above 13,000. Recently, the government had established a complaint management cell to help the masses inform authorities about ghost schools and teachers.
150 Government-run schools have been shut down in Quetta
Mobeen Khilji, a PTI member of Balochistan Assembly, regretted that 150 government-run schools have been shut down in Quetta, the provincial capital and largest city of Balochistan.
“Our governments only focused on the construction of buildings rather than making schools functional,” a Quetta-based educationist, observed. He said the education sector must be reformed to ensure the implementation of Article 25-A of the Constitution. The article says, “The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to 16 years…”.