Ghost schools can be traced through RTMS in Balochistan

The system traced traced out 1222 ghost schools

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The real time monitoring system (RTMS) proved to be an effective system in tracing of closed/ghost schools across Balochistan. The system was established in collaboration with UNICEF and world bank to trace out ghost and closed schools in the province.

However, the system is not working since July this year with over 200 employees not being paid. “We have not been paid since July”, Abdul Bari Kakar, one of the employees of RTMS told Quetta Voice. The system was set up in Quetta and all district headquarters of Balochistan to make sure digital monitoring of schools and teachers.

“This system worked well”, a senior bureaucrat who served in education department on key post told Quetta Voice. He said the system helped the education department in tracing  out hundreds of closed primary, middle and high schools in the province. When the newly appointed education minister Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind was asked about the system, he said, “give me one or two weeks to check all the things, then i will comment on this”.

The system has been working since 2016 was financed  by UNICEF and World Bank. However, then the education department then financed the project and funds have already been reflected in the budget documents.

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