By Saba Bangash

PESHAWAR, 16 December: Due to the non-availability of basic facilities at the government girls school for blind persons in Nishtarabad Peshawar, students have been facing problems in learning new skills.

“We have been taught 40 years old course here,” complained Naheed, a student of the school hailing from Malakand.

“There is also dearth of Braille books (specially designed for blind persons) due to which we face difficulties in learning new things,” she further said.

She also demanded of the government to upgrade this facility from primary to high level and equipped it with all necessary items so that more and more students could get benefit from it.

Naheed further informed that the students had been facing transport problem and demanded that government should provide a special transport service to the school.

The principal of the school Ms Zahida Begum told TNN that there are 25 students in the school out of which 18 are living in the hostel while the remaining are hailing from the nearby areas.

“Due to the non-availability of space, we cannot accommodate more students,” she said.

Ms Zahida informed that the condition of the hostel was very poor and the students had been facing problem due to non availability of facilities.

She added that due to lack of proper transport service, students faced problems in coming to school.

She informed that due to these problems, a large number of blind students had not been given admission. “We hardly accommodate 20-25 students in the school due to lack of accommodation in hostel and transport facility,” she said.

She also asked the government to provide facilities to the institution so that more blind students could be imparted proper education and skills.

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