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Ghalanai college short of staff, facilities

By OurCorrespondent 2013-10-25
GHALANAI, Oct 24: The shortage of teachers for important subjects in Postgraduate College of Management Sciences Ghalanai has put the future of tribal students at stake, according to sources.

They said that posts of lecturers in various disciplines including English, Urdu, chemistry, statistics, Islamiat and IT had also been lying vacant since long.

The college was upgraded to postgraduate level in 2004 by former governor Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah to facilitate the students of far-flung areas like Safi, Khwezai, Baizai, Pindiali,Haleemzai and other localities in Mohmand tribal region.

Khan Muhammad, the vice principal of the college, told Dawn that at present about 300 students of B.Com and D.Com were getting education in the college.

He said that 16 teachers were appointed for BIT programme on fixed salaries but they were terminated in 2010 owing which the students couldn`t complete their course.

A staff member said that there were only 10 teachers in the college and could hardly teach to the students of intermediate level.

`We need 16 lecturers for BBA and about eight for B.Com programmesin the college,` he added.

He said that there was no teacher to teach Pak Studies and IT courses in the college. `The students are very intelligent and hardworking as 19 of them got laptops after obtaining 70 per cent marks in BIT and B.Com examinations, he added.

A student told Dawn that they were going to Mardan for taking their BIT and B.Com examinations owing to non-availability of examination hall in the college. `We face great problems when go to another area for examination,` he added.

Some of the students complained that they often reached thecollege late owing to lack of transport facility. They said that the political administration had sanctioned three buses for students of Safi, Shabgadar and Pindiali areas but later stopped the service that affected studies of many students.

`Our college does not have any transport facility, which means we can`t go on trips like students of other colleges,` said a student.

He said that there was no proper system of cleanliness at the college and washrooms usually remained locked due to unknown reasons.

Another problem is lack of playground in the college. `We badly need a playground and the collegeadministration should resolve this issue on war footing,` said another student.

It is pertinent to mention here that a portion of Degree College Lakaro was destroyed in 2009 that has not been reconstructed and all the college staff has been relocated to Government College of Management Sciences Ghalanai.

The building of the Lakaro College has been occupied by the security forces.

The tribesmen and students demanded of the governor and secretary education to appoint teachers at the college to save future of students.