KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Katchi Abadis and Special Initiatives, Javed Nagori, on Tuesday rejected Sindh opposition leader Shaheryar Mehar’s claim that the provincial government had allocated a lot of funds for secondary education in Lyari despite non-functional primary educational structure, and said that certain elements were trying to keep Lyari children way from better educational facilities.
Talking to PPI at his office, Nagori rejected the claims of non-functional primary and secondary educational institutes in Lyari and said that there were 178 government primary schools including 150 for boys and 58 for girls. He said that there are 30 secondary schools for girls and boys while KMC is also running 58 schools in the area.
“There are 35,000 girls and boys studying in Lyari’s government run-primary and secondary educational institutes,” the minister said adding that 300 private schools are also imparting education to 47,000 students.
He said that the area also has five colleges which are providing higher education to thousands of students. “We also have two boys and girls colleges in Lyari,” he said adding that three more colleges were in process of completion.
He said that PPP had named a Law College after Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Medical University after Benazir Bhutto in Lyari, which are providing admissions on merit. We are also bearing expenses of the deserving students and will continue to do so in future, Nagori said.
“Children of Lyari need better educational facilities within their area due to unrest in the city,” he said.
He said that certain elements were trying to snatch books from the Lyari children and give weapon in their hands. He said, however, the PPP government would not allow anyone to snatch opportunity to acquire better education from the Lyari children.
He said that it was unfortunate that when the PPP government is trying to raise awareness among the Lyariites through education and provide them more chances to proposer, the opposition leader is trying to halt this initiative.
The minister said that PPP would not withdraw educational projects in Lyari and the party leadership would follow the footprints of its leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, who wanted to provide better facilities to the area.
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