NOVEMBER 15, 2017
Sir: The education system in Balochistan is completely dysfunctional. Schools in Balochistan lack basic infrastructure like boundary walls, hygienic drinking water and toilets. Even the number of qualified teachers is far too low. One can often see one teacher attending a class of far too many students under trees, since there is a lack of classrooms. According to statistics Balochistan is the most backward Pakistani province in terms of education. The Balochistan government started the National Testing Service (NTS) which aims to give academic opportunities to students based on merit. Unfortunately, the programme could not be properly executed because of a lack of teachers. The Balochistan government has claimed that it is giving priority to the education sector of Balochistan. It has also allocated Rs 50 million for teachers salaries, however teachers remain absent from Balochistan’s schools. It seems as if these teachers only exist on paper.
Last year, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was made responsible for investigating embezzlement in the Balochistan educational system. NAB took action against 400 teachers who had used fake certifications to get jobs in schools, but this will not fix Balochistan’s education problems. If the government wants Balochistan to develop and make progress, then it is it’s responsibility to provide our children with quality education. I would like to remind the government that free quality education is a basic human right according to the constitution of Pakistan
Published in Daily Times, November 15th 2017.