A view of community school in Akhterabad Nowshera district. Photo by Saba Bangash

 

Saba Bangash

PESHAWAR, 28 November: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has established community schools in those parts of the province where children usually cannot access regular educational institutions due to long distances or any other reason.

These schools have been established in houses, hujras and other private buildings. One such school is being run by Haseena Urooj in her home in Akhtar Abad village, in Akbarpura area of Nowshera. “There are ninety students enrolled in this school, majority of them have poor financial background. They cannot afford to go to private schools whereas the government schools are far away from their village,” Ms Urooj informed.

A class is in progress in a community school in Nowshera district. Photo by Saba Bangash.
A class is in progress in a community school in Nowshera district. Photo by Saba Bangash.

Students studying in these community schools also appreciated the government’s initiative and said these schools provided them opportunity to get education.

“This (community) school is very good for us. My parent admitted me here because it is not only free, it is also near to our home,” a female student told TNN.

Ms Huma Qayum has also been running a community school in Akbarpura but she complained that government did not provide her complete facilities to run the school.

“The whole neighborhood is happy that one such school is sanctioned for our area. But the government did not provide us all requirements. We purchased everything ourselves. Even the books which were given to us for children are not sufficient,” she complained.

A student writing a lesson on the blackboard in community school in Nowshera district. Photo by Saba Bangash
A student writing a lesson on the blackboard in community school in Nowshera district. Photo by Saba Bangash

When contacted, a field assistant, whose job is to oversight such schools, told TNN that government pay Rs.12000/- per month stipend to each teacher. He further said the problem of shortage of books and other necessary items would be overcome soon as the same would be provided to the schools once they get them from the head office.

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