The crumbling buildings of the state-run colleges have posed threats to the lives of hundreds of students and teachers as roofs of three colleges located in various areas collapsed during the recent rainy days.

According to the available information, the roof of the Government Degree Boys College’s auditorium collapsed Friday. The college is located in Sector 5L North Karachi. Luckily, the incident took place early in the morning. As per the college administration, when the incident took place students and teachers were not present in the college.

Likewise, some three days ago, chunks of plaster from the ceiling and outer walls of a historical college—Jamia Millia College located in Karachi’s Shah Faisal Colony collapsed. In this incident, however, no one was injured. Meanwhile, the college teachers reported another incident that took place at the Government t Degree Girls College 11-B North Karachi. The walls of the college crumbled Monday night. Fortunately, in all these incidents no student and teacher were injured.

While expressing concerns over the ramshackle buildings of the state-run colleges, the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Associations in a statement has said that the Sindh Control Building Authority has declared several buildings of government colleges dangerous. But restoration work has not been initiated by the Directorate of Colleges and Planning and Works Department. Though, the principals of those colleges have sent several letters to the directorate reminding the concerned officials to start repair work at the earliest.

The SPLA has appealed the minister education and the secretary colleges to look into the matter and take immediate steps for restoration of denarius buildings of the colleges.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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