By Waleed Khan 

Girls are also enrolled at the Boys Primary School as there is no girl school in the area.

The Govt. Boys Primary school, located 60 kilometres away on the outskirts of Rahim Yar Khan in southern Punjab, has been holding classes under the open sky for more than 30 years.

No matter how hard is the climate particularly during winter, young children of the area have no choice but to sit on the open ground.

Students sit on the ground in Chak 56, Rahim Yar Khan.

Female students are also enrolled in the school as there is no other girl’s primary school in the area. Despite growing number of students at the school, it has only two teachers who have been taking care of all classes.

Locals tell they have sent many requests to the higher education authorities to take notice of the school condition and provide it with the building but to no avail.

During summer, borh (banyan) trees are used as shelter from the scorching sun.

There is no dearth of problems when it comes to the schools in southern Punjab as the locals blame the provincial Govt. for neglecting the plight of schools in their region and allocating all resources for the schools in the main urban areas of central Punjab.

The school is also facing a shortage of teachers as it has only two teachers at present.

Children are forced to study open sky despite chilling condition in morning during winter. Many of them have dropped out of the school.

The local community has demanded from the education authorities to pay attention to the school by providing a building.

Waleed Khan is working with Pak Voices as a citizen journalist from Rahim Yar Khan district. 

All photos by the author