Ratodero: A big rally was taken out and protest demonstration was held at Jinnah Bagh roundabout in Larkana city on Friday by hundreds of male & female students of various schools running under Sindh Education Foundation in the rural areas of Sindh. They also staged sit-in and blocked main royal road for over two hours for acceptance of their demands.
The protest was held under Community Development Network, Larkana, which was led by Muhammad Bux Bugti, Roshan Jamali, Ihsan Khokhar, Amin Brohi and others. They told media persons that Sindh government regularized this project on August 24, 2012 under Integrated Education Learning Program (IELP) for which funds were also allocated after Sindh Chief Minister signed the summary but since last six months no salaries are given to 8000 teaching and 2000 non-teaching staff due to which this vital project is in doldrums.
They further said that previously this program was run under Community Support Schools under which as many as 1500 schools were established in Sindh province in 2009 and they were getting monthly salaries but after approval by the Sindh Chief Minister their salaries have been suddenly stopped by the Finance Department due to unknown reasons.
They said that government spent millions of tax payer’s money on establishing 1500 schools and ignoring them at this stage will amount to depriving the rural populace of their basic right to education. They claimed that as many as 250,000 male/female students are enrolled in 1500 schools whose education will be at stake if the required funds are not released without further loss of time.
The protesters demanded immediate acceptance of their demands and threatened to hold protest demonstration and stage sit-in in front of Chief Minister’s House in Karachi if their just demands are not accepted by the government. Male & female teachers also participated in the protest in large numbers.