SIALKOT - In spite of the tall claims of the district and provincial governments regarding bringing betterment in sad state of affairs of the government schools and ensuring early provision of missing facilities there, the year 2011 is ending without any change in the miserable condition of district’s several government schools, it has been learnt here Tuesday.

The government schools have been deprived of basic facilities since their establishment before the creation of Pakistan. The district and provincial governments could not achieve the desired results in this regard.

The less interest of local MNAs and MPAs is the main cause behind delay in the early provision of basic facilities including buildings, toilets, drinking water, furniture, boundary walls and electricity as well.

Talking to the newsmen at his office, Sialkot Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Dr Javaid Iqbal Muzaffar Chishti said that as many as 39 different government schools in Sialkot district were shelter-less and they had no buildings since their establishment.

The EDO added that 552 government schools (mostly girls’ schools) had no toilets for the last several decades.

He said that 1,416 different schools were in dire need of the additional classrooms due to which the students were forced to get education while sitting on the grounds under the open sky.

Dr Javaid Iqbal revealed that as many as 324 government schools (including primary and elementary schools) had no drinking water facility since their establishment for the last several decades.

As many as 193 government schools (mostly girls’ schools) in the district had no boundary walls due to which the girl students and their teachers had been suffering from great difficulties. He added that as many as 591 government schools in the district had no electricity.

While, giving the details of education department’s performance, the EDO exposed that during the year 2010-11, the provincial government provided buildings to 56 government schools out of total 95 shelter-less schools in the district, built toilets in 217 out of total 769 toilet-less schools,  constructed additional classrooms in 178 out of total 1,594 school, provided drinking water facility to 153 out of total 477 schools, made boundary walls in 178 out of total 371 schools and also electrified as many as 396 schools out of total 987 government schools.

The EDO also sought the active cooperation of the local philanthropists regarding early provision of basic facilities to the above-mentioned government schools. He said a local philanthropist, Muhammad Iqbal Cheema, established the new building of a local government high school at Saahowala, setting a good example for the other people to practice this.