Education goals: Nearly 0.25m more children to be enrolled by 2016

Karachi :20 April:The government has launched Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Cadet College in Garhi Khuda Bux, but after the passage of ten months, funds for it have not yet been released,” he said, adding that the same situation persists in Dadu, Sanghar, Sukkur and other districts.

Addressing Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, he said “the incumbent government has built Bilawal Engineering College in Lyari. The funds allocated for it will lapse in 60 days. If you have no intention to work, then why are such huge funds allocated.”

Sheikh, a bureaucrat-turned politician, criticised education secretary Fazullah Pechuho for being a stumbling block in issues related to education. “I know that the education minister and chief minister are powerless to take action against the influential secretary. But what will be the future of our children [if no one does anything],” he said, revealing that of the total 1,300 schools in his home district of Shikarpur, 300 are non-functional and 500 are operating without basic facilities, including boundary walls, furniture and toilets. “I have attached a few press clippings in support of my adjournment motion,” he said.

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Khuhro termed the adjournment motion out of order, saying “We cannot take it up merely on the basis of a news clipping.” Rebutting Shaikh’s claims, he said, “We have released funds to Cadet College Sanghar and Benazirabad. Funds for other cadet colleges and public schools are in the process of being released.” The matter of Garhi Khuda Bux cadet college has been mired in a land dispute which has landed in court, the minister informed. “We have modified other development schemes and gotten the administrative approval to release funds for Lyari College and other institutes. Hope this will be done within a few days,” he said further.

Regarding the missing facilities in educational institutes, the minister claimed his department will plug all gaps in 10,000 schools by 2018.Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2016.