84 schools shut down

Karachi, Sept 26: As many as 84 schools in 400 fishermen villages have been closed due to the ignorance by the government and education department.

The speakers of a seminar titled "Current Education Scenario in Coastal Villages" organised by Pakistan Fisher-folk Forum Aid and Action committee and Action Aid Pakistan, said on Tuesday at Government Secondary School in Hawksbay.

Chairman PFF Mohammad Ali Shah, Thair Ayub Shan, Secretary PFF Karachi Committee Khuda Bux Ganj Shad, ADEO Kemari Ghulam Shabir Mullah, Nazim UC Gabo Pat Mubarak Singo, Fathi Marri of Action Aid Committee Yasim Rind and others were also present on the occasion.

Khuda Bux Ganj said only 84 schools had been set up for the 400 fishermen villages in which most of them were closed, while the remaining being run without proper attention.

Despite complaining several times to the educational department, they have been ignoring this serious matter, he said. He said that only 1300 children are getting education out of 30,000 of these fishermen villagers.

Mentioning Ibrahim Hydri, Maripur, Shams Pir, Takri Village, and the fishermen dominated localities where only one school is established for the 22 thousand population locality.

Meanwhile the schools those were established for girls were closed around more then ten years ago.

He expressed his concern that if the schools of these villages were not re-establish so the educational infrastructure of the fishermen villages would be destroy and the old Karachiites would be deprived from the basic facility of the education.

Meanwhile Mohammad Ali Shah has alleged in his address that the government spend large amount of funds in its dominated areas for the education and ignoring the other poor areas. He said that we would continue our struggle in a peaceful way to provide education for the poor fishermen villages. The Nation

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