KOHAT: Locals have called on provincial education minister Shahram Khan Tarakai to save their children’s future by ordering the construction of the required classrooms in the only boys’ high school in Laal Garhi region here.
In a joint statement on Sunday, former Nazim Etebar Khan, chairman of the Kohat Peace Council, Shah Mehmood, and others said no new high schools had been allowed in the area to accommodate the growing number of children.
They questioned the government’s urgency for education when a high school in their area did not even have the classrooms needed for students.
They lamented that when they took their children to school, the staff refused them admission due to lack of space.
Meanwhile, a feud between tehsil city administration and the irrigation department over who should clean up a clogged drain in the university town has become a permanent nuisance for local residents.
Recent monsoon rains have flooded the entire area, including homes and the main road due to the blocked drain.
When contacted, Fazal Kareem Khattak, an irrigation department manager, told Dawn that they had built the drain and it was now TMA’s responsibility to keep it free of garbage and silt.
Naeem Kohati, a social worker, said dirty water entered homes because of the clogged drain after the recent rain. He said the main road, which connected 13 streets, was also inundated with sewage, making it difficult for residents to get out of their homes. He asked Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Roshan to order the drain to be cleaned.
In addition, the chairman of the parliamentary committee on Kashmir, MP Shehryar Afridi, the DIG division Kohat Zafar Ali and officials from the forestry department launched a campaign to plant monsoon trees on Sunday.
The MP kicked off the campaign by planting a sapling on the premises of Kohat University of Science and Technology.
Speaking on the occasion, he urged students to take responsibility for passing on a healthy environment to future generations. He also asked students to play a role in preventing the ruthless logging of forests.
DIG Zafar Ali started the campaign by planting a sapling on the lawns of the Kohat Police Club.
Officials from the forestry department launched the campaign from Kohat Technical College.
Posted in Dawn, August 2, 2021