Girls students protesting against closure of their school in Peshawar. – Photo by Asif Javed

CHARSADDA 30 September: The Government Girls High School Tangi has been running without electricity since last two weeks after transformer went out of order, forcing 1100 students to take classes in sizzling heat.

The transformers is yet to be repaired despite school’s administration’s repeated requests to the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco), local and provincial elected representatives and the district government.

Talking to Tribal News Network, students complained that they were facing immense problems after the transformer went out of order. They said that there was no drinking water available at the school while they were unable to focus on their studies due to hot weather.

“A student Somai Bibi said that there were around 100 students in her class and it was almost unbearable to attend classes in sweltering heat forcing majority of students either to remain absent or take classes in corridor of the school.

An official of the school told Tribal News Network that bills were being paid regularly, adding that they had requested Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) to repair the transformer but their requests had fallen on deaf ears.

He said that CCTV cameras were not working due to unavailability of electricity and termed it a security risk. The school comprises 14 classrooms where 1100 students have been enrolled.