Article 25A and Article 37(b) of Constitution of Pakistan 1973 envisages the provision of free and compulsory education to every child under the age of 5 to 16. Sindh Government in this regard passed ‘The Sindh Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act’ in 2013. In this Act detailed rules are prescribed for curriculum, students, parents, teachers, private schools, government school building, environment, various educational committees, incentives and deterrence according to performance. The Act is the best possible action plane for immediate and efficient educational development.

Along with these laws, Sindh Government has also earmarked 134 billion, for non-developmental expenditure in education sector. 15 billion rupees have been allocated for different elementary, primary and secondary educational schemes in Sindh budget for fiscal year 2014-15. Moreover, Sindh has received a large sum of money from American Aid, European Union, World Bank and especial fund of 66milliom USD from Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for achieving education related Millennium Development Goals

Despite these resources and binding laws Sindh Government has done no good, practically in education sector.

The only primary school is in Sachal Noon Village, Tehsil Khanpur, District Shikarpur where about 150 boys and girls get education, now even that is close since 3 years, due to absence of a Head Master and teachers. There is no other governmental facility available except this one primary school. Earlier the school provided quality education in a well-furnished building, but since the new incumbent Head Master has taken charge, education and building of the school have been ruined.

Villagers have left no stone unturned for resumption of education, they  have visited the Tehsil’s education officer, District Education officer, Deputy Commissioner but in vain. Sindh Education Ministry’s recent strive for betterment of education and eradication of ‘Ghost Schools’ and teachers has still not become effective. We believe that the feudal lords do not want to see their workers and their children educated and same goes for politicians. The Chief Minister and other  ministers need work hard if they want to see a change in Pakistan.

ABDUL SAMAD NOON,

Shikarpur, February 22.