Pakistan’s ‘ghost’ schools haunt donors

Islamabad : The World Bank and the European Union have voiced concern over the existence of “ghost” and closed schools in Pakistan’s Sindh province and absenteeism of teachers from schools.

This issue figured at a meeting between Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and a joint delegation of the World Bank and the European Union (EU), Dawn News reported.

The issues concerning closure of schools and long absence of teachers were raised by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and EU officials.

The minister informed them that more funds were required to repair and renovate a large number of schools, which had been damaged in the recent floods.

He said that the Sindh government had already made a number of schools functional by appointing many new teachers.

He said he has directed the education department to introduce an effective school monitoring system so that stern action could be taken against the truant teachers.

He informed the delegation about steps taken to increase enrollment of children in government schools. The education department has also been directed to take strict action against ghost teachers and halt the funding of closed schools.

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