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The overgrown bushes in the yard of the Musakhel Model School - the teachers have no motivation to clean up their school even to the extent that it does not require extra monetary resources. The lack of ownership is very apparent and the locus of re
Taken: Mar 16, 2012
Government Model School Musakhel: These dusty desks were piled up one on top of the other, and strewn in disarray; the place had not been swept clean for a long time. While it is a common practice to employ students to do such simple cleaning and du
The roofs of the classrooms in the old building had all come crashing down - naturally the reason was poor construction which in itself could be blamed to massive rates of corruption (stated to range between 35% and 60% of the total bid amount)
The teachers were all demands: the government should provide us agency allowance, vehicles for inspecting schools, residences, this and that ...and yet they did not have the motivation to just wipe off the dust on their scientific models. The posters
A part of the wall that had once served as a "blackboard" (in a manner of speaking because there was no board underneath).
This is the Musakhel Government Model School. it was a model alright - a model of how not to impart education. Crumbling infrastructure, poor motivation, rote learning....
children at the Musakhel Primary School ranged from four years to fourteen and even above.
These sticks had been hidden away from our view inside the school.
Government Primary School, Musakhel Bazar. These ten odd boys supervised by a sole teacher (the nearly ten thousand primary schools in Balochistan have an average of 1.8 teachers) make up the whole school. If this single teacher gets sick or has to
Sanjawi High School: Class 10 Biology Class - the same which was studying Aquatic Protists, corals and sponges by way of role learning. I counted 60 males - varying from about 15 to early 20's - crowded into a room which would have housed only a thi
These wooden almirahs (I was surprised to see this word even in an American dictionary) arrived in Sanjawi High School in 1954 - as duly indicated in the School Stock Register. The stenciled letters on the middle cabinet read DIS (for District Insp
This school located close to Ziarat town (the rusted board did not have a name) had six students and three teachers - an indication of the great mismatch of resources. Some schools I visited earlier in the day had one teacher for 60 students (as in
Coming out of a school, I caught this boy playing with a pistol and felt that if the Pakistan of the future were to have any chance with being a humane society, toy guns would have to be removed from the school and home. It is important to have nati
Government (girls) Primary School, Killi Petao, Ziarat: a young boy sits on the bare coarse earth reading the primer. The only rays of light coming into the dark room without any cross-ventilation was from the doorway and a small window (as the ear
The room of the Headmaster, Government High School Sanjawi. Right underneath the formal portrait of the father of the nation, a mechnism for holding all the leave applications: a wire in which all papers are neatly threaded.
The entrance to the Government High School, Sanjawi, District Ziarat. The picture shows an important aspect of our non-performing, receding and increasingly corrupt bureaucracy / administration. As I knew from experience - and later confirmed - the t
Government High School Samallan, Sanjawi, Ziarat. This was one of the most positive scenes in all of my tour. The hall was clean and the chairs were all lined up properly awaiting students for the bi-annual examinations. Obviously this was not possi
Government Boys High School Ziarat. Although there is no motivation to even use the help of students to clear the overgrown bushes in the yard, the old washroom in the corner has a newly repaired roof. All the same, no amount of resources will brin
Balochistan Education Support Fund supported Community School, Chotair, District Ziarat. The thatched enclosure and roof over the mud walls and situation in the middle of very rugged terrain present a surreal bizarre: weirdly unfamiliar, distorted, o
An old jeep rotting away in the District Education Office, Ziarat. The system does not have the capacity to keep its resources working nor the ability to dispose off equipment that cannot be repaired. The officers do not even have the motivation to
The signboard that stood on the street guiding visitors to the office of District Officer Education (female) came out along with its concrete foundation. Whatever the reason for its having come out, the motivation or initiative to get it back into t
Government Girls High School, Ziarat. Inside the building was immaculate -the best I had seen so far in terms on infra-structure and also motivation - the headmistress commuted 6 hours every day - yes six hours - from Quetta as there was no secure r
Government Primary School Khalifa Jan Muhammad Tuwam: these two elder boys were looking after the handful of other children after the sole teacher had run away at about 10 am (having duly marked his afternoon departure attendance also). The graffiti
Government Girls Primary School, Killi Petao, Ziarat. All the children - about 20 in all - sitting on the bare earthen floor.The only light was coming from a small window and the door on the left hand side.
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