PESHAWAR: Despite the tall claims of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government of having declared an education emergency and pumping millions in doing so, students in as many as 483 schools still study under the open sky throughout the province.
According to the annual statistical report on K-P government schools, launched by an independent monitoring unit, around 441 schools including 167 boys and 274 girls schools are operating in rented buildings.
Moreover, 151 schools are in donated buildings while 179 schools have adjusted with schools nearby.
However, the report revealed that nearly 8% schools lack proper boundary walls with 18% of schools having no access to clean drinking water.
Furthermore, 26% schools are without electricity, as well as, 8% schools having no access to sanitation.
162 schools in Kohistan are without any shelter followed by 143 schools in Mansehra and 45 schools in Batagram, as well as 27 in Shangla.
In Abbottabad and Dera Ismail Khan, there are 42 and eights schools without shelter respectively.
The most number of schools in rented building are in Shangla with 50 rented building closely followed by Mansehra with 58.
According to the report, out of the total 27,514 schools, 21,180 are government primary schools with 791 are mosque/maktab schools and 255 are community primary schools, while out of the total primary schools, 1,369 schools are located in urban areas and 19,811 are located in rural areas.
Out of the functional 27,350 schools, there are 21,033 primary schools and 5,538 secondary schools, while 85 schools are newly constructed.