BAJAUR AGENCY - The massive drive to enrol thousands of children in the government schools is yet to start in Bajaur Agency due to the absence of the senior officials, sources and locals told The Nation on Sunday.

They said that local education department was unable to launch enrolment drive in the agency due to absent of senior officials and incomplete arrangements.

“The enrolment drive in the government schools across the agency was scheduled to commence on Friday but is yet to start owing to the absent of relevant officials and lack of arrangements,” they added.

Residents of different areas also confirmed that they didn’t see any activities of local education department regarding the enrolment drive in government educational institutions in the region on Friday and Saturday.

They said that they had been informed by the officials of education department about the enrolment drive in the schools in their areas on Friday but did not observe such activities in any schools in the region.

Teachers of various government schools also complained the education department over not launching the enrolment drive in the region.

Teachers of government schools in different areas on condition of anonymities told the nation that they had been waiting for the officials of education department to launch the enrolment drive in their schools on Friday and Saturday but no officials came to their respective schools.

According to the teachers, the delay of enrolment drive disappointed them as they had been waiting for the officials for the second consecutive day on Saturday.

Meanwhile the education department has confirmed the delay of enrolment campaign in the agency which was planned to launch on Friday.

An official of the education department in Khar told this correspondent that the enrolment drive in the region had been delayed due to absent of senior officers of the department owing to their official’s engagements at governor house Peshawar on Friday.

This is fact that the enrolment drive in the agency was scheduled on Friday but was postponed after the agency education officer and some others senior staffs leave for Peshawar for attending a meeting at governor house,” he added.

He said the new date for the launching of enrolment drive was yet to fix but would be initiated from Monday.

He said that all arrangements in that regards had already been finalized. The official did not say that how many children would be enrolled in the schools during the drive.

LAKKI NAZIM VOWS TO DEVELOP REMOTE BACKWARD AREAS

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat adds: The district government has formulated a comprehensive plan to bring the remote backward rural localities at par with developed parts of the district, and provide the rural population with basic amenities of life near their homes.

This was claimed by District Nazim Ishfaq Ahmad Khan Meenakhel while speaking at separate public gatherings in Surband and Landiwah localities on Sunday.

District councillor Fareedullah Khan of Tajazai and former city councillor Haji Muhammad Iqbal Khan Khoidadkhel also accompanied him.

On the occasion, local residents told the nazim they fetch water on camel carts from other localities where water supply schemes were available and in running condition.

They complained that due to unavailability of healthcare facilities at local level the serious patients especially women with delivery complications died on way to hospitals located in urban areas. 

Residents also complained about the poor road infrastructure and unavailability of water storage tanks in Surband area.

Ishfaq criticised the lawmakers and held them responsible for the backwardness of rural areas. He said that MPAs hailing from district failed to keep promises they had made with people during last general elections.

“The residents of far flung villages and hamlets are facing problems regarding drinking water, education and health sectors, besides the rural roads are in deteriorating condition and that the lawmakers are responsible for the situation,” he maintained.

He said that rural areas were ignored in the past and development funds were not spent there.

He said the district government is committed to remove the backwardness and deprivations of villagers by providing them with all sorts of basic facilities of their doorsteps.

The district nazim announced construction of water tanks and installation of power pylons in Surband village and reiterated that being the chief executive of district government he would implement his uplift so to transform the backwardness into development and raise the living of local people.