At least 150 tribal students of first and third year of Jamrud tehsil, Khyber Agency have demanded high officials of Education Directorate FATA and Political Agent Khyber to increase seats in Government Degree College (GDC) Jamrud so that they could take admission and continue their further education.
Education Directorate of FATA is seemed to have no effective strategy or planning to accommodate and kept mum over 150 students of Ist year and several students of third year, who remained without taking admission in (GDC) Jamrud established in September, 2004.
It is pertinent to mention here that at least 800 students from various tehsils of Khyber Agency have been reading in the college in order to make their future prosperous and brighter.
Rehman Shah Afridi, 17 of Jamrud tehsil while talking to The Frontier Post said on one hand the education institutions were greatly suffered in ongoing war against terrorism while on the other side, education department even could adjust students in college.
He revealed that he had been endeavoring to get admission in first year science for last few months; however, I receive the same reply by college authorities that there is no more space for the students to be accommodated. ï¿½We even cannot take admission in those colleges in Peshawar owing to high merit and our one-year could be missed if we did not take admission in college.
Afridi lamented and saying neither education directorate FATA could provide teachers to colleges in Khyber nor adjust the students, who remained without admission as it reveals that they are destroying the future of tribal students despite building their future. ï¿½Who will be accountable if around 150 students do not get admission in Jamrud college, Afridi asked.
The government run-college from the day first has been confronting few problems including potable water, power, no books in library, playgrounds for students and staff room for teachers which have irked the students, said Professor Mohammad Iqbal, principal of GDC Jamrud while narrating issues being faced by students.
He said 22 lecturers had been performing their duties in college which could not fulfill the requirements of existing students and lack of teachers and other basic facilities had multiplied the miseries of students. Iqbal further informed that they had a computer lab; however, students could not get benefits of it owing to 23 hours long power outage.
Deputy Director FATA Education Department, Hashim Khan Afridi when contacted over the matter said they had already directed authorities of college to begin second shift in college to accommodate the remaining students. He said the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Engineer Shaukat Ullah had issued directives to facilitate students by starting self finance in colleges in FATA.
Source: The Frontier Post