Quality of education in Shaheed Benazirabad district on decline

LARKANA: The state of education is worst than Larkana in Shaheed Benazirabad district, the home district of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari and MNA Faryal Talpur, as Larkana stood at 82 rank out 148 districts of Pakistan, but the number of Benazirabad is 90.

Its rank in Sindh is 9 out of 24 districts of the province. The 93% of the total government schools only cater to the primary level needs in Benazirabad. There are 2626 government schools out of which 2404 are primary level schools, out of which 558 (21%) are for boys, 432 (16%) are for girls, whereas a vast majority of schools i-e 1636 (62%) are mixed schools.

According to the Supreme Court Survey 2012-13, there are 557 ghost and non-functional schools in the district of Benazirabad. This has been revealed by Alif Ailaan in its Pakistan District Education Rankings 2015. According to the NGO, 45% of the total children aged between 5 to 16 years are out of school which comes to about 2,00,124 children, out of which 33% boys and 60% girls are out of school and in total 37% of the children have never been to schools which is alarming.

The net enrollment rate at primary level is 50% and this drops to 14% at the middle level and is only 7% at the high school level. Net enrollment rate of girls at primary school level is only 40% whereas for boys this percentage is higher at 58%.

Almost 84% children are enrolled in government schools, 14% in private schools and 1% are enrolled in Madrassahs. Out of these enrolled children, 25% boys and 27% girls do not survive till grade 5, hence leave education in mid. The quality of education could be judged from this fact that 34% of class 5 students cannot read a simple story in Urdu, 73% of same class cannot read a sentence in English, 30% cannot do class 3 level two digit division which is enough for the authorities to access the standard of education in primary schools. 59% primary schools in Benazirabad are without drinking water facility, 50% without toilets, 66% without electricity and 43% without boundary walls raising questions of security.

As many as 6351 teachers are posted in 2626 schools and in 42% primary schools only one teacher is posted. This shows that Sindh Government will have to take serious emergency measures to improve the education standard throughout Sindh otherwise the young future generation of the province will never be able to face this world of competition for which only rulers would be held responsible.