Tribesmen demand provision of teachers for girl school

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Residents of Mashom Baba village in Mullagori area of Jamrud tehsil demanded staff for a government built Girls’ primary school established six years ago in 2008.

Ajab Gul, who bestowed land for the school, told this scribe that on the request of former federal minister Noorul Haq Qadri he gave his land for the construction of the school in 2008. He said Government Girls’ Primary School (GGPS) was constructed on cost of 5.4 million in 2008. Lamenting the ignorance of the FATA Education Department, tribesman said they had filed several applications and hold meetings with the authorities concern for the provision of staff but to no avail.

Gul said a huge amount from the public exchequer had been spent on the two rooms; veranda and boundary wall of the school’s which was almost got cracks and seasonal damages.Mir Aslam, another villager said more than three hundreds girls have been deprived from getting education due to unavailability of staff in the school in his village. He said they have no other girls’ school at the distance of three kilometer from Mashoom Baba to send children there. When tried on phone to take version of Director FATA education, Hashim Khan Afridi, he didn’t respond to the phone calls, while Atiq ur Rehman, the Agency Education Officer (AEO) contacted his cell phone was picked up by a girl who said that he was not at home.

It is worth mentioning here that several schools in other tehsils of Khyber Agency are existing without the facility of teachers and neither AEO office nor education department FATA took any step in this regard.

Source: The Frontier Post