By Badil Baloch

The sand keeps encroaching upon the land in Pasni, Gwadar.

A primary school in Pasni, which was made in the late 1980s, remains a primary despite increasing population and the demand of people to make it at least a middle-level school.

The Primary School Prahag consists of only two rooms that are far less for the number of students enrolled. Grade two students are forced to sit outside for education. On the other hand, there is no water available in the school despite harsh weather climate.

This is a government school only in name, but the Education Department has neither provided any funds for maintenance and other basic necessities nor there is any arrangement for drinking water in this school.

Sarwar, grade fifth student, speaking to PakVoices said, “We have to bring water from natives for drinking, and often we are refused.” He further said, “Then we are forced to buy drinking water which is very expensive.”

These students have been forced to study out in the open as the school has only two classrooms.

There are only two teachers to teach a large number of students in the school. The school has suffered substantial damage due to encroaching sand, whereas the main Gate is also buried in the sand. Even a motorcycle can’t enter the school premises.

Speaking about school’s worst condition, Anees Iqbal, 3rd-grade student, said, “Our school is surrounded by the sand, which enters into the classrooms with air, and we have to mop and clean our classrooms several times a day.”

Students have to go out to drink water as there is no potable water available at the school.

Jamaat Ali, a teacher, expressing his frustration said,” I am aware of all the problems in this school, but I’m helpless as we don’t have the funds to fix all this and manage our daily water requirements.”

DEO Akhlaq Ahmed, when contacted, told PakVoices, “We are happy to solve the problems of all primary schools and the solution of problems faced by The Primary School, Prahag, Pasni, will be my first priority.”

The parents of the students at the school raised reservations adding, “There should be an arrangement of drinking water and proper classrooms with furniture.”

Badil Baloch is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Pasni, Gwadar. 

All photos by the author