Karachi educational infrastructure funds
Millions of school funds went down the drain
Karachi, Dec 1: Despite the availability of the educational infrastructure in
Lyari, many buildings are being constructed at the premises of already
established schools and colleges which is not only a violation of rules
but also shows the misuse of the government's funds, it has been
As per details, non-existence of any strategy along with
lack of good planning has exposed the inability of the authorities
concerned over the misuse of special funds allocated for education
purpose in Lyari.
The higher government authorities as well as the
officials concerned have violated the rules and the regulation by
constructing new schools and college buildings at the same premises of
the educational institutions in Lyari.
After releasing of funds,
the new buildings have been constructed at the open spaces and
playgrounds of such schools, which has deprived the students of
The new buildings which have been constructed were
allocated for new girls' school and college, and are located at the
premises of SM Lyari Government Boys Secondary School located in
Chakiwara, DCTO Government Boys Secondary School located in Mosa Lane
According to the rule, the government and private schools
must have playgrounds at their premises but the government itself
eliminating the open spaces which were allocated for sports and other
The carelessness of the authorities have
further exposed because the newly constructed buildings are also
hazardous by dint of their poor construction.
It is pertinent to
mention that three to five schools have already setup in the same
premises of the Lyari schools which have never proved to impart better
education, thus the number of students there is decreasing day by day.
And this is mainly due to the lack of basic facilities in the schools
including pure drinking water, no sewerage system, non-existence of
trained staffers and others.
Several NGOs, operating in Lyari, have strongly criticised the
authorities concerned as well as the local elected representatives for
misusing the special grants that was allocated for the betterment and
the development of the education system in the said old area. They
insisted to renovate and upgrade the buildings of schools and colleges
instead of constructing new buildings in Lyari.
The NGOs were of
the view that if the government and authorities concerned were sincere
in providing quality education to the people of Lyari, than they should
renovate the present buildings of schools and colleges and provide
basic facilities with good equipment and also deploy professional
staffs to the educational institutes.
They urged the authorities
to bring betterment in the basic education system in Lyari because such
medical and law colleges could not be advantageous for the Lyariites
until and unless they are provided with required facilities for good
The government has earlier announced to establish a
medical college, law college and other educational institutes in Lyari
but instead of allocating separate lands for such announced projects
the medical college is being set up in the premises of Lyari General
hospital, where the open space has already taken up for some other
While the law college is decided to be established in the
premises of Lyari Degree College. Owing to such negligence, the
playgrounds of schools and colleges have been vanished and the
remaining open places are now become over-crowded. The nation
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Concern over King Edward Medical University appointments
Lahore: The Pakistan Medical Association (Centre) has criticised the King
Edward Medical University's administration for making appointments on
its vacant posts, which originally belonged to the Punjab Health
Department, on a contract basis. The Punjab government has a clear-cut
policy of making appointments, on a regular basis, through the Punjab
Public Service Commission, it has said.
In a press statement
issued on Monday, PMA Centre President Dr Sarwar Chauhdhry and Joint
Secretary Dr Shahid Malik said the KEMU administration's decision was
contrary to the announcement made by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz
Sharif that all the appointments of doctors would be made on a regular
basis through the PPSC. They said that the government should look into
the affairs of KEMU and direct the administration to fill all the
vacant posts through promotion of regular medical teachers or through
the PPSC on a regular basis. They said the process of the contract
appointments should be immediately stopped as it was against the health
department's policy. They said the PMA would also protest if non-MBBS
retired professors were recruited on vacant posts.
another press statement, Young Doctors Association (YDA) General
Secretary Dr Salman Kazmi explained that the KEMU was going for
appointments on a contract basis on 44 vacant posts of medical
teachers, including five professors, 24 associate professors and 15
assistant professors in various specialties in the university. He said
the KEMU had advertised 18 posts to be filled on a contract basis
contrary to the Punjab health department's policy of making
appointments on a regular basis through the PPSC or promotions. "The
process of contract appointments in KEMU should be stopped forthwith,"
he said. The news
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Literacy drive to be launched
Larkana: PPP MNA Faryal Talpur has said the government plans to
launch a national literacy campaign in the country.
The government gave priority to education and health sectors, she said
at a ceremony held to mark the launch of a literacy campaign organised
by the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) in Naudero on
She said that about 300 literacy centres would be
opened during the campaign. She said the NCHD and the
Sindh government would work together to get the closed schools re-opened.
After completing a survey of education and health departments, she
said, the government would start a campaign to vaccinate children
against Hepatitis B, C and D. Steps would be
taking to ensure vaccination of every child, she said
She urged the elected representatives and local people to provide
information the schools which had been closed and told officials of the
education department to organise seminars and discussions to help
achieve the required literacy rate.
NCHD chairperson Nafisa
Shah praised the efforts of Ms Talpur and disclosed that about 50,000
educated youths would be absorbed in the NCHD. She said
Rs8 billion would be injected in a three-year programme to make the closed schools functional.
Sindh Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq, Sindh Law
Minister Mohammad Ayaz Soomro and NCHD senior general manager Humera
Hashmi also spoke at the ceremony. Dawn
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