Karachi, July 15, 2014 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Kutchi Abadis and Special Initiatives Javed Nagori on Tuesday rejected Sindh opposition Leader Shaheryar Mehar claim that the provincial government had allocated major funds for secondary education in Lyari despite non-functional primary educational structure and said that certain elements were trying to halt Lyari children way to prosperity through better educational facilities.
Talking to media at his office, Nagori rejected the claims of non-functional primary and secondary educational institutes 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 a process of completion.
He said that PPP had also given Law College named after Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and University named after Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to the 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 needs better educational facilities within their area due to unrest in the city,” he said adding however, he was not aware as to why Shaheryar Mehar was opposing educational projects in Lyari.
He said that certain elements were trying to take pen from the Lyari children and give weapon in their hands, however, the PPP government would not allow anyone to snatch opportunity to acquire better education from 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 more chances for them to proposer, opposition leader is halting this government’s initiative.
The minister said that PPP would not withdraw from educational projects in Lyari and the current party leadership would follow the footprints of its leaders Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who wanted to provide better facilities to the area for their unmatched support to the party for decades.
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