PESHAWAR, 19 May: Can one imagine a school without boundary wall and a roof besides lacking other basic facilities required for a school and above all, lone teacher for 150 students of grade 1 to 5 at the school?

Yes, there is one such school in Malakand district. The primary school is not a new one but it is playing it is adorning the children of Narangi area of Malakand district with education for the last 45 years. Made up of wood and straw, this is the lone primary school of the village having population of over 6,000 people.

There is no floor mat or drinking water facility for students studying in this school. Talking to TNN two students of the school—Zeeshan and Sobia—said that they have keen interest in getting education but they don’t have any facility essential for a normal school. “Once I happened to visit a school in a city. It had a beautiful boundary wall and chairs for students. But we sit here on so dirty mats that one can hardly bear the bad odour coming out of it. [This is why we prefer sitting on the ground] But it gets our clothes dirty,” said Zeeshan.

Sobia also has a number of complaints over non-availability of basic facilities at her school: “It becomes very difficult for us to come to the school when it rains, because [due to absence of chairs and desks for students] our clothes get dirty.”


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