150 schools, colleges without power in Naundero

KARACHI: Over 150 government primary, secondary and higher secondary schools and colleges are without electricity since Saturday due to non-payment of monthly bills as their electric supply was disconnected, said Rahim Bhutto, SDO, Naundero Operation Sub-Divison.

The row between SEPCO Naundero authorities and educational institutions has not yet been resolved resulting in loss of education of the poor students.

These schools fall under the jurisdiction of SEPCO Naundero operation sub-division and their number is approximately 150.

Qazi Abdul Lateef, Principal, Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Naundero, told PPI that about 2500 students were enrolled in class VI to XII in the school who were forced to get education in the hot weather. He said attendance of the students had reduced manifold due to non-availability of power. He said that SEPCO authorities always sent monthly bills without getting proper meter reading.

He said that there were no air-conditioners installed in any of the schools which consume more energy but SEPCO authorities send bills much higher than the actual sanctioned electricity load, hence their bills were based on over and wrong reading which should not only be thoroughly investigated by the relevant agencies but this practice should be stopped forthwith.

Sources said that this school received Rs 37000 budget during first quarter of the current financial year which too has not been paid due to wrong reading despite availability of meters. Principal further said that previously meter reading cards were given to the meter readers but this practice had been discontinued without any proper justification. He demanded that the same might be re-commissioned and enforced strictly in the interest of government and private consumers.

over 1500 girl students are enrolled in Government Girls Higher Secondary School here in classes VI to XII where attendance has reduced to almost 25-35% and the girl students were seen facing great hardships with their wet uniforms in their classrooms. Female teachers told PPI that the disconnection had been made without any prior notice. They said that their school was already facing many problems which needed to be resolved immediately but the school cannot run without uninterrupted power supply.

They also complained of over and wrong meter reading. SDO SEPCO Naundero Sub-Division, Rahim Bhutto, was unaware of the amount outstanding against these schools. He told PPI on phone that he would let the press know when the figure is made available to him by Revenue Office in Larkana.

On Saturday, Sindh Senior Minister for Education, Nisar Khuhro, was in Larkana, where he distributed offer letters among 45 successful candidates who cleared NTS Entry Test held last year. As the electricity supply was disconnected of the all the schools of Naundero SEPCO sub-division but he did nothing to get power supply restored in the home town of Bhutto leaders rendering the students at the mercy of local SEPCO authorities. The parents have demanded that electricity supply to these schools must be restored immediately.

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