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‘70 percent schools in Khyber Agency lack furniture’

‘70 percent schools in Khyber Agency lack furniture’

Khyber Youth Forum president Aamir Afridi. - A file photo

May 12, 2018

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Youth Forum president Aamir Afridi has called upon the government to suspend the schoolteachers in government schools of Khyber Agency who are absent from their duties for the last many years.

In an interview with TNN, Aamir Afridi said a large number of teachers are receiving salaries at their homes since 2002 due to connections with influential people. He said Khyber Agency is already facing shortage of teachers at government schools, while the teachers who are not performing their duties have further complicated the situation. He said the absent teachers are playing with the future of the students. He alleged that the Education Department is well aware of the situation, but its officers were not acting against the absent teachers to save their own jobs.

Aamir Afridi expressed disappointment over the fact that the Education Department officers give enough time to the functions organised by the non-government organisations (NGOs) in Khyber Agency, but they don’t even visit the government schools once in a month to see what is happening there. He said even when the education officers visit the schools, they don’t bother to come inside and just return from the gate.

He said the education officers are claiming building of various schools, but the reality is quite against it. He said there are several schools in Bara where there is no building or even a tent. He said there are several schools in Landikotal and Jamrud which lack boundary walls and wash rooms. He said 70 percent schools in Khyber Agency lack furniture.

He demanded Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra to set up a committee to monitor the condition of schools in Khyber Agency. He also demanded probe into various projects initiated by NGOs in the region.

 

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