RAWALPINDI - In a daring and much-needed move, more than 150 residents of Ahata Mithu Khan on Wednesday chanted slogans against the big wheels of Education Department and demanded of MPA Sheryar Riaz to come forward and save the future of poor children by canceling the shifting of a school.

Education department has merged the Government Model High School for Boys with its 350 students into Government Denny’s High School and transferred the 23 staff members including eight females in other schools, annoying the parents.

Mustafa Dar, a protestor and father of affected student, said that the locals would never allow the department to shift the only Boys school to other institute. He said that the school was built by the government on the longstanding demand of the area residents. He informed that Headmaster Zaheer Ahmed received the letter from education department for his transfer on September 29 and next day, the department issued the notification of transferring and merging of school.

He was asked to report Government High School Bahal, Chak Beli Road, Rawat but later, the order canceled on Wednesday. The vacant place of the Boys school was to be utilized for the Pak-Islamia Elementary School for girls with total enrollment of 150 students. But, the local residents expressed resentment while saying that the school building was surrounding by auto-mechanic workshops and it was not right place for the girls.

PML-N MPA Sheryar Riaz, taking notice of the issue, managed to hire another building for the girls school and handed over the documents of the hiring of the building to Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Qazi Zahoor-ul-Haq. Upon this, the EDO education canceled the transferring and merging of the boys school.

When contacted, EDO Education Qazi Zahoor said that the department had merged the Boys school into Denny’s High School as the students of Pak-Islamia Girls School was facing hardships because of rented property and the landowner vacated the building as well. That is why, the Education Department decided to shift the girls school at that place, he added.