In Balochistan, 5200 schools with one room, one teacher
Education ministry urges upon donors to construct additional rooms
By Our Staff Reporter
QUETTA: In Balochistan, 5200 primary schools were with operating one teacher and one room, impacting the quality of education and punctuality of schools in the province. The number of primary, middle and high schools across the province was over 13000. “This one teacher and one room is a major issue for us”, Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, the Balochistan education minister tells Quetta Voice. How can one teacher teaches over 100 students in a school, this is beyond comprehension, the minister lamented.
The education department had advertised over 10000 vacancies for various categories of teachers for recruitment. Test and interviews conducted in all 33 districts of Balochistan with announcement of results of candidates by the testing service. However, the authorities claimed only 16 percent of candidates qualified test and interviews and declared eligible for recruitment. “The appointments of successful candidates seem to be in jeopardy again”, a senior officer of the education department who declined to be named tells Quetta Voice, citing irregularities in the process.
With meager resources, how can we construct thousands of additional rooms for our kids , he mentioned, demanding of the international donor agencies to come forward and support government of Balochistan in this regard.
“The number of ghost and non functional is also in thousands”, Ghullam Ali Baloch, the Secretary Secondary education Balochistan tells Quetta Voice. He said since 2014 no recruitment was made in teaching staff of education department and that was the reason that a large number of schools was non functional in the province.
According to statistics of education department Balochistan, the number of non functional schools across the province was around 2000. The authorities upgraded primary and middle schools and constructed buildings but with no posting of teachers. Mostly on political basis schools were upgraded across Balochistan with no proper planning for allocation of vacancies of teachers for the aforesaid schools.