In Quetta, the fisheries department directed the anglers, working along the coastal belt of Baluchistan to not to venture out to sea on 5th and 6th March, in the view of high winds and torrential rains. Noor Muhammad, Director Fisheries said that advisory was issued in wake of the heavy rains that lashed most parts of Baluchistan this week.
These torrential rains in province caused power outages, suspension of phone and internet services in several districts of Baluchistan. Quetta faced a flood-like situation due to the poor condition of the sewerage system.
Torrential rains aggravated the problems of the citizens of Quetta and also troubled the students taking their examinations in Quetta.
“Our school is shelter less and our rooms are always flooded with rain water,” reported a schoolteacher at Sheikhan Boys high School Quetta. It highlighted the poor condition of the government running schools and their lack of preparedness to deal with such extreme weather conditions.
‘’The students were then shifted to another place to take their exam,’’ the teacher added.
“Where are their [authorities’] claims of providing better facilities and educational emergency?” complained Javed, student at the same school.
He grieved that the students were facing difficulties while taking their exams, with the examination halls flooding with rainwater.
It is saddening that in Quetta, over 40 schools are running in the rented buildings. These schools are in an awfully poor condition, said the sources in provincial education department.
Despite the tall claims and promises, the condition of the government-run schools in Baluchistan remains murky. Javed put forth a question that should be pondered upon that if this was the condition of a school in Quetta, that is a city consisting of not over 3 million people then what would be the condition of schools in the far-flung areas of Baluchistan
The Baluchistan government had claimed to give top priority to educational sector in its annual budget, and allocated about 24% of funds for the sector. However, no improvements are seen as yet. The attempts to obtain a remark on the flooded examination hall from officials of the education department remained unsuccessful despite repeated calls to the secretary and minister and education.