Special education schools being neglectePunjab is positioned on the top for providing fundamental facilities in government schools in Pakistan in the current statistics of education announced by Federal government’s educational planning and management while neglecting the facts and figures about schools providing education to the disabled children. It is not the first time when special education organizations are overlooked.
Special education institutes, their teachers and students with disabilities is not included in the report by the Academy of Educational Planning and Management while all other information related madrisas, career guidance centers and technological education, training centers for teachers is reported. Nadir Khan is an activist of disability rights said that these reports and statistics show unfairness. He said these statics are very important for all the shareholders as AEPAM’s report is not exposed by the provincial bodies.
Persons with disabilities (PWDs) were not counted by the federal government at first in the statistics but now the Supreme Court instructed to count them. Nadir Khan requested the government to pay attention to the special schools in upcoming editions of the statistics. He also said that negligence for special education centers, teachers, students and the facilities lacking in that regard throughout Pakistan is really regrettable. Here it is to mention that Punjab is on the top of the list of all the provinces and also Islamabad Capital Territory in the report. It is for providing fundamental facilities like electricity, water, boundary walls and bathrooms in government institutes.
According to AEPAM report, about 50 percent public schools don’t have drinking water facility for students and staff while in Punjab below 1 percent schools don’t have that facility. If we talk about Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 26 percent and in Balochistan 43 percent public schools don’t have this basic facility. Punjab is also on the top of all provinces for providing toilets according to the report. Only 1 percent schools in Punjab don’t have the toilets facility. In Sindh there are 46 percent schools lacking this facility, in Balochistan there are 73 percent and in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa there are 12 percent schools.
In case of boundary walls, Punjab has 2 percent public schools without it. Sindh have 41 percent schools, Balochistan has 55 prcent and KP has 13 percent such schools according to the report. But in case of providing electricity in public sector schools in Punjab the percentage is not as good as of the other facilities. The facts and figures show that 7 percent schools lack the facility of electricity in Punjab. In Sindh there are63 percent, Balochistan there are 77 percent schools and in KP 38 percent.
Though, the school teachers in Punjab are not satisfied with the facilities. The leader of a group of Punjab Teachers Union and central head of the United Teachers Council Punjab, Hafiz Ghulam Mohyuddin said that AEPAM’s report overstated somehow. He mentions that he himself living in Faisalabad and the schools there are in deficit of basic facilities like drinking water and furniture. The head also said the situation of schools in Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan etc could be visualize.