RAWALPINDI  – Despite tall claims of the Punjab government to promote education, shifting and amalgamation of various schools has endangered the future of a large number of girls’ students studying in these institutes.

Residents of Saddar area talking to INP deplored the Punjab Education Department for merging and shifting policy of schools, saying that first, Fatima Jinnah Girls School was shifted to Ratta Amral then Shoukat Middle School and now Govt Pak Islamia Elementary Girls Middle School located in Sheikh Fazal Elahi is being transferred.    

“I have decided to withdraw my four daughters of getting education in protest of the merging of schools,” said, Naeem Awan, a resident of Cantonment Board.

“Fatima Jinnah Girls School is the oldest school in Sheikh Fazal Elahi area. My mother got education from this school. The school is shifted to Rata Amral under conspiracy” he added.

Residents said that shifting of the school might cause massive dropout of girls’ student as their parents were not in position to afford exorbitant pick and drop charges.

They said that delegation of the locals called on EDO (education) Dr Qazi Zahoor-ul-Haq in his office but no effective steps could be taken in this connection.

Despite repeated protests against merging of schools, the education department was seen adamant to the miseries of masses, the residents lamented. Residents appealed Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to open Danish Schools in Saddar area.

They threaten to deliberately deprive their daughters from education, if Pak Islamia Elementary School was shifted to Ratta Amral and demanded high ups of education department to stop shifting of schools.

Meanwhile contrary to the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the one-dish ordinance and closing wedding functions before 10’O clock could not be implemented in Rawal Town and Cantonment Board Rawalpindi.

Some of the marriage halls remain open till late night besides one-dish ordinance is being violated in the wedding ceremonies while district administration and other relevant authorities are least concerned over the issue.

Citizens talking to INP said that the important task is given to union council secretaries in Rawal Town, adding that these secretaries lack authority as people resort to aerial firing and fireworks causing inconvenience to dwellers of the localities.

On the other hand, a marriage hall located on Sixth Road in the jurisdiction of New Town Police Station remained open and loud music was coming out as people were offering morning prayers in nearby mosques.

They suggested that the task should be handed over to high official rather than giving the same to secretaries of the union councils.

Sources said that as next general election was drawing near, some local politicians have directed relevant officers to be lenient in this connection.

Administrator Rawal Town Saif Anwar Jappa, when contacted about violation of one-dish ordinance and timely closure policy of marriage halls, said that secretaries perform duties at union council level, adding that upon identification strict action would be taken against marriage halls defying the policy.