Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) central leader and member Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi while addressing the budget session in Sindh Assembly said; “I am not saying that Sindh government is not working. We are instead saying that they should focus on uplifting education in the province.”
Naqvi highlighted that around 36 percent of 42,000 schools in Sindh do not have boundary walls while 49 percent have no proper toilets. Likewise, 20 percent of state-run schools operate in one room while 49 percent of schools have only one teacher.
The report that Naqvi mentioned in his budget speech reveals that out of total around 32421 primary schools are functioning and the number of active higher secondary schools is only 2026. The strange dilemma is that children enrolled in government primary schools can’t read and write.
He said that from 41 percent to 50 percent of children studying in grade 5 can read stories. As compared to other provinces, the number of such children is 70 percent in Punjab and 60 percent in KP.
He said that only 33 percent of children of primary schools can read English in Sindh. The percentage of such children in KP is 51 percent while children who can study English are more than 61 percent in Punjab. In his speech, he further said that Sindh is lagging behind in education as well as in the health sector. Therefore, the provincial government should work hard for uplifting the sorry state of education in the province.