ORAKZAI AGENCY - A total of 59 schools, both for boys and girls, have been destroyed in Orakzai Agency in the ongoing militancy, however only four of them have so far been reconstructed.  

Lack of interest on the part of Education Department, Fata, and funding is the main reasons, due to which no headway in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these destroyed schools has been witnessed. Resultantly, the future of thousands of students is at stake.

Hundreds of school going children avoid to go to schools just because of having no building particularly girls who do not want to lean under open sky. Like other tribal agencies, some 59 schools - 48 in lower tehsil and 11 schools in upper tehsil of Orakzai Agency - have so far been destroyed.

Sources in agency education department of Orakzai Agency said that a list of schools destroyed in ongoing militancy has already been submitted to Fata secretariat, asking them to launch work on these schools so that to ensure education to children in these respective areas. Unfortunately, only four schools have so far been reconstructed. They said that out of 59 schools, 19 schools have been damaged partially.

Unofficial data received here showed that some 105 schools have so far been bombed and damaged in the ongoing militancy in Orakzai Agency. Education officer of the agency said that out of 59 destroyed schools, 43 are boys schools and 16 are girls schools.

They said to ensure continuation of studies of these school going children, the political administration of the agency has set up tent schools, which have been operating since long and many of the children were acquiring their education in tents.

Now with the arrival of winter, it becomes difficult for the students to continue their education in tent schools. The parents of students have demanded of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Masood Kauser, to take concrete steps in this regard to ensure the reconstruction of damaged schools immediately.

They urged the government to immediately rehabilitate the schools, as their children were deprived of the basic right of education.

They added that their children had to take classes in tents, which could sicken them as the weather was very cold.