SIALKOT

The experiment of merging 400 primary schools into their closer government schools two years ago in Sialkot district has flopped, it is learnt.

Officials of Sialkot district administration said that these schools were merged into their closer government schools under Punjab government’s consolidation policy but there were several flaws in the policy as it had created several serious problems. The heads of those schools in which the government schools were neither ready to share their powers nor they accepted the interference in their matters.

The senior officials said that each village or a locality has two or more primary schools for boys and girls functioning separately. Most of the localities had five to six classrooms and an equal number of teachers divided between two or more schools, they said and added requesting anonymity that despite sizeable investment in building and provision of teachers, a number of students still remain without teachers and classroom. The situation has resulted in low number of enrolments at the primary level in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils.

The officials admitted that the experience of merging the government schools had flopped. They said, “Everyone has realised the failure.” They added that the practice wasted millions of rupees and other governmental resources as well. Now, we are moving back for bringing betterment in the local educational system, which has become much perturbed due to the two-year merger. The practice also decreased the students’ enrolment in these schools.”

The disclosed that the buildings of the government private schools were being misused by the local politically influential people as these were not looked after during the period. They narrated that after the flopped experiment, the Sialkot education department officials were sending back the students and their teachers to their previous school buildings.