CHI - Students of Intermediate classes at the Government Degree College for Boys, Mangopir, have nearly completed their ongoing academic session without teachers, gas and electricity while Sindh Education Department seems indifferent to these problems of the college.
The college has given admission to almost 100 intermediate-level students in commerce faculty but no teacher in this discipline is available to cater to the academic demand of these students.
The students told The Nation that only seven teachers, including college Principal Prof Nasim Akhtar, were performing teaching duty for 200 students despite the issuance of Intermediate examination schedule to be held from April 27 this year.
"We are preparing ourselves through our own resources, as the college has not a single teacher of commerce, chemistry, Urdu and English subjects. The institution is called a degree college but not a single student has been given admission to the degree classes here due to lack of basic facilities, including gas and power, while the college is using line water from illegal connection," they said.
The administration is unable to initiate practical classes for students due to the absence of electricity in the college laboratories. Students are worried about their preparation for the upcoming examinations.
When contacted, Director General Colleges Sindh, Dr Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui, said that he was totally unaware about the miserable conditions of basic facilities at this college. He said that he would take immediate action in this regard to solve the problems. Commenting on the issue, Prof Iftikhar Azmi, leader of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), said the education department was the sole responsible for miserable condition of the Mangopir College. The poor performance of the education department has exposed the government polices, he said, and added that about 3,000 seats of teachers were lying vacant in different colleges in Sindh.
"In the current session, more than 22,000 students were given admission against about 18,000 seats in Karachi only under the Centralised Admission Policy (CAP), but the education department is still not serious to provide teaching facilities at these colleges. Such criminal negligence has exposed government's negative attitude towards education. In more than 15 colleges of the province, the commerce faculties were introduced but the government has failed to provide teachers to those institutions," he alleged.