Pakistan: Over 10,000 schools non-functional in Sindh province

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Feb 12, 2021, 09:15 PM(IST)

Pakistan schools (file photo). Photograph:( AFP )

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In 26,260 schools, there is no facility for drinking water, while 19,469 schools lack washroom facilities. The report further revealed that over 31,000 schools do not have electricity.

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan belongs to those nations who have the world's worst literacy rate, which is the main reason for its slow growth and Cash-strapped economy.

According to a report by the Reform and Support of the Sindh Education and Literacy Department, over 10,000 government schools are non-functional in Pakistan's Sindh province.

The report, titled "Profiting for Government Schools", stated that there are over 4.5 million children enrolled in the province's schools, reported Geo News.Out of 49,103 schools that employ 133,000 teachers, only 36,659 schools are functional.

In 26,260 schools, there is no facility for drinking water, while 19,469 schools lack washroom facilities. The report further revealed that over 31,000 schools do not have electricity.

The desperate situation of Sindh's schools has been detailed further in the report as 21,000 plus schools do not have boundary walls, while over 47,000 schools are deprived of lab schools. 

36,000 schools also lack playgrounds, Geo News reported. Furthermore, over 47,000 schools do not have libraries, a key facility for grooming students.

As many as 2,91,9862 students are enrolled in primary, 185,047 in middle, 140,032 in elementary, 918,706 in secondary, and 397,493 in higher secondary schools, according to the report.

Out of all the schools in Sindh, 8,426 schools are weary and 14,977 are in need of repairs.

(With inputs from agencies)

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