PESHAWAR:April 20: The students of three classes in the Government Girls Higher Secondary, Shahbaz Garha in Mardan district are compelled to receive education in the open as the school lacks classrooms to accommodate over 1,200 students enrolled there, their parents complained.
Talking to The News, a number of parents said students of three sections of Class-VI and VII had to sit in the courtyard of the school in the summer heat as there were no classrooms for them.
They said the existing few classes could not accommodate a large number of girls belonging to Shahbaz Garha, considered to be one of the oldest villages of the Yusufzai tribe of the Pakhtuns and home to the ancient Buddhist era rock inscriptions.
They said the hapless school headmistress being well aware of the onset of the intense summer season was running from pillar to post to make alternative arrangements for the students of the three classes.
They said the schools lacked teaching staff and it was impossible for a teacher having 35 to 40 classes per week to teach students, numbering over 60 to 70 in a class.The parents said there was no arrangement for clean drinking water in the school for the students and teachers.
“Despite the fact that the top civil and political leadership in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government belongs to Mardan, girls’ schools are getting the least attention in the rural parts of the district,” said a resident.The parents pointed out that the political leaders, including elected representatives, weren’t bothered about the education of the poor.
When Mardan’s Executive District Officer (Education), Sobia Tabbassum was reached for comment she said she had not personally seen the school as she did not belong to Mardan.The official added that she would visit the school and only then comment on the issue of students receiving education in the open. However, she has neither visited the school nor forwarded her comments to this scribe in the last five days since she was called to know her version as the relevant government official.The news.