Pakistan’s largest province Balochistan was always ignored in Education and human resource development sectors and the leaders, barring a few, gave right importance to this sector since Balochistan was given the status of a Pakistani province. Since 1970 Balochistan was denied the status of a province though it was more than half of Pakistan and two junior officers ruled the two Divisions Quetta and Kalat for decades.
During the first phase of Pakistan Commissioners who ruled Balochistan gave no importance to education or human resource development for lack of vision or with a deliberate move to keep Balochistan illiterate, backward and the ignored region of Pakistan.
The successor Governments in power could not spare enough time to concentrate on giving right place to education, mainly the female education in remote parts of the Balochistan.
Some efforts were made to improve the situation in Balochistan by establishing of girls’ schools and colleges in different areas of the province as well as main concentration continued on the provincial Capital as a sizable population of better educated residing in Quetta city.
Most of facilities confined to Quetta city, finally, the lone Women University had also been established in Balochistan’s capital city while the Government failed to open a reasonable number of schools and colleges for girls in rural areas of Balochistan.
There are growing complaints both from parents and students that most of girl schools are becoming ghost schools and very limited numbers of teachers are performing their duties in schools. Overwhelming majority of the teachers was not performing their duties even in the suburbs of the Provincial Capital city Quetta.
The laws of the land are being defied and flouted under the nose of the government officials, both political masters and senior bureaucrats. The Government has launched crackdown against ghost teachers absent from their duties even in Quetta city and rest of the province.
The incumbent Government should ensure severe punishment for those Government schools teacher found absent from their official duties. They should be arrested, jailed for years and all his property confiscated for a disservice to the society or waging a war against the society.
The drop-out rate from schools in the province is very high comparing with the other provinces. The Balochistan Government should establish residential schools with better teaching and other facilities to both male and female students in remote areas of Balochistan.
The Government should allocate funds specially for establishing residential schools in various parts of Balochistan and complete it within five year period. If there is a shortage of funds, Provincial government should allocate MPA’s funds for this purpose ending the waste spending of precious resources for education and human resource development.
Recently the government of Balochistan has announced to establish a Nursing school in Turbat to promote education in remote area of the province. PTI Government should help to Balochistan in a big way for announcing a development package for the Baloch Mainland where human resource development and basic education should be given greater importance besides establishing industrial units and promoting agro-based industries in remote areas.
In the past, Federal Government had deliberately ignored the Baloch Mainland in all respects and development funds given to Balochistan were spent in and around Quetta or far away from the Baloch Mainland as a matter of policy. The Provincial Government should use its good officers and prevail upon the Federal Government in seeking a big development package exclusively for the Baloch land so that the backward areas are brought at par with the developed areas of Pakistan.