Skip to main content

Examining child labour in Balochistan

By: Ali Jan Maqsood

An issue which is troubling the Baloch nation for a long time is child labour which is yet not resolved. We find children leaving school and joining a local garage, workshop, store or something else to earn enough for their families. Some people send their children in labour work despite the presence of elders in the family and some send in compulsion. But mostly I witness the ones who have elder brothers and even father. But they show no mercy for their children and instead of sending them to schools, they send in garages.

I got confused confronting a child of age 7, working in a Zarang car (A local car which is mostly used in transportation business). The most shocking thing for me at that very moment was that he was working with his elder brother who was nearly 25 years old. The 7-year-old was out of school. Despite the presence of his elder brother who was yet unmarried, the smallest brother aged 7 had to leave school and join his elder brother in work. It makes one think, what the core reasons could be.

Well, the root of child labour has spread in all other cities of Balochistan province as well. A large number of children from the province are out of school. According to a recent report, in Balochistan there are nearly 12,000 governmental schools in which primary, middle and high sections are included. Surprisingly, more than 7,000 schools are classless, nearly 2,000 do not have teachers.

Only we can find nearly 1,200 schools where the educational facilities are better. But unfortunately in these schools, teachers are present without any good preparation for the classes, corporal punishment is allowed though the government has forbidden it. With this a number of students leave their studies.

Through my personal experience, I remember, we were 60 while I was in class 5th, in class 6th the number of my classmates was 50. In class 9th while I changed my school, I had 65 classmates, but as we reached grade 10th, we were only 45. And now in college I just have 25 classmates from my school. Unfortunately, I have met with all of them who left their studies and now work in garages, workshops and few have got a job of peon. This is the result of the mismanagement of the educational system.

Furthermore, the foundation of child labour has spread in rural areas of Balochistan the most. According to a recent survey, in villages of Balochistan, every second child is a labour. I have my own cousins in villages who are taking part in the incomes of their houses rather than participating in educational fields. They are unaware of importance of education. The educational system in villages is next to nothing. Teachers are unaware of their responsibilities. Apart from not teaching the classes, they mostly indulge with their personal discussions. This discourages most students to continue with their studies.

In Balochistan, government has failed to eradicate child labour. There is need for effective strategies by the government to work on the issue so that every child gets an education and a better life.

Published in The Balochistan Point on May 11, 2018


Popular posts from this blog

The Rise of China-Europe Railways

The Rise of China-Europe RailwaysMarch 6, 2018The Dawn of a New Commercial Era?For over two millennia, technology and politics have shaped trade across the Eurasian supercontinent. The compass and domesticated camels helped the “silk routes” emerge between 200 and 400 CE, and peaceful interactions between the Han and Hellenic empires allowed overland trade to flourish. A major shift occurred in the late fifteenth century, when the invention of large ocean-going vessels and new navigation methods made maritime trade more competitive. Mercantilism and competition among Europe’s colonial powers helped pull commerce to the coastlines. Since then, commerce between Asia and Europe has traveled primarily by sea.1Against this historical backdrop, new railway services between China and Europe have emerged rapidly. Just 10 years ago, regular direct freight services from China to Europe did not exist.2 Today, they connect roughly 35 Chinese…

CPEC Jobs in Pakistan, salary details

JOBS...نوکریاں چائنہ کمپنی میںPlease help the deserving persons...Salary:Salary package in China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in these 300,000 jobs shall be on daily wages. The details of the daily wages are as follows;Welder: Rs. 1,700 dailyHeavy Duty Driver: Rs. 1,700 dailyMason: Rs. 1,500 dailyHelper: Rs. 850 dailyElectrician: Rs. 1,700 dailySurveyor: Rs. 2,500 dailySecurity Guard: Rs. 1,600 dailyBulldozer operator: Rs. 2,200 dailyConcrete mixer machine operator: Rs. 2,000 dailyRoller operator: Rs. 2,000 dailySteel fixer: Rs. 2,200 dailyIron Shuttering fixer: Rs. 1,800 dailyAccount clerk: Rs. 2,200 dailyCarpenter: Rs. 1,700 dailyLight duty driver: Rs. 1,700 dailyLabour: Rs. 900 dailyPara Engine mechanic: Rs. 1,700 dailyPipe fitter: Rs. 1,700 dailyStorekeeper: Rs. 1,700 dailyOffice boy: Rs. 1,200 dailyExcavator operator: Rs. 2,200 dailyShovel operator: Rs. 2,200 dailyComputer operator: Rs. 2,200 dailySecurity Supervisor: Rs. 2,200 dailyCook for Chinese food: Rs. 2,000 dailyCook…

Balochistan to establish first medical university

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentOctober 25, 2017QUETTA: The provincial cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft for establishing a medical university in Balochistan.Health minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch made the announcement while speaking at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.“The cabinet has approved the draft of the medical university which would be presented in the current session of the Balochistan Assembly,” he said, adding with the assembly’s approval the Bolan Medical College would be converted into a medical university.Published in Dawn, October 25th, 2017