DERA GHAZI KHAN

Thousands of students of a public-sector school of Dera Ghazi Khan are still compelled to attend their classes under the open sky by sitting on the floor in even winter despite the high claims of the government.

Government Boys Middle School, Binda Markaz Vehowa of tehsil Taunsa Sharif paints a dismal picture of the education system of the district. Established in 1984, it still lacks essential facilities like furniture, sanitation, electricity, drinkable water and toilets.

Hundred of students of the school are forced to attend class under open sky on the dirty and cool land because school building is dilapidated and cracked. It has only two classrooms which accommodate around more than 200 students. This leaves teachers with no other option but to conduct classes on land in cold weather.

The destitute condition of the institution raises questions on Punjab government's claims to utilise the hefty share allocated for the education sector in the budget.

A teacher said, "It becomes impossible to conduct classes when it rains." Amanullah, Qadir Bakhsh, Bilal, Kamran, Ahmad Ali and Ghulam Rasool, all local residents, said, "The condition of the school has been the same for the past 32 years. The education department did not even bother to pave the floor for the children or increase the number of rooms in the facility." They added the dilapidated condition of the floor forces the students to bring mats from their homes to lay inside the classrooms.

When contacted, the mobile phone of the district coordination officer of DG Khan was found switched off.