SAQIB MUSHTAQ

LODHRAN

The students of the two schools situated in Basti Layalpur, Lodhran are deprived of basic facilities such as playground, potable water and furniture, especially toilets due to the apathy of the government and the elected representatives, it has been learnt.

The students according to their personal interest bring bat and ball and play in the empty crop fields. Besides cricket, no other game is played in the area. Thus the promotion of games is needed as the same are necessary not only for physical but also for the mental health of the youth.

The boys' school has no place for the assembly as it is conducted on the rooftop of the school building. Before the creation of Pakistan, a sole primary school was functional in Chah Dastiwala, and apart from this school, there was no educational institute present in the surrounding areas for miles.

In 1961, a primary school was set up in nearby area Linjari for which a landlord donated a 5-canal piece of land. On November 14, 1961, the school was properly inaugurated. During the first year, 35 students were enrolled on which Union Council Jamraniwah constructed five more rooms for the school. Gender discrimination was also seen at that time as there was no school for the girls. Later, a girls' primary school was also established along with the boys' school.

On April 16, 1988, the boys' school was upgraded to middle school and the adjacent girls' school's building was made part of the boys' school. For the girls' school, a philanthropists namely M Hanif donated two-canal land near Railway Line while the local people collected donations for construction of a building for the school.

With the efforts of people of the area, the school was awarded the status of high school in 2009 but its sewerage problem remained unsolved. The students have to go to the nearby fields when the nature calls for which several quarrels have taken place with the farmers and a few times the students up by them which left a very bad impression on the discipline of the school.

The school is only 1 acre away from the road but when it rains, the distance spreads over miles due to accumulation of water on the muddy path. No elected representative of the area has ever visited either of the schools.