SIALKOT - As many as 34 government girls' schools have been deprived of electricity for the last 33 years.

The Education Authority has failed to provide electricity for these schools' buildings despite repeated appeals made by the parents of the students and local social, religious, educational and political circles.

According to the senior officials of the Sialkot education department, there are a total of 1,896 government schools including 1,500 of girls established in 1985. The Sialkot education department officials have formally informed the district administration that 34 government schools were still deprived of electricity for the last 33 consecutive years.

The officials recommended the early provision of electricity for these government schools before the start of summer season.

The officials added that seven primary schools in Sialkot tehsil, three primary schools in Daska tehsil, six primary  and two elementary schools in Sambrial tehsil and 10 primary and four elementary schools in Pasrur tehsil are deprived of electricity.

The local perturbed students, their teachers, parents and local social, religious, educational and political circles have expressed grave concern over this critical situation.

They urged Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Commissioner Gujranwala Division Capt (r) Muhammad Asif and Sialkot Deputy Commissioner Dr Farrukh Naveed to look into the matter and ensure effective measures for the early provision of electricity to these government schools.