Memon Mohalla haunted by ‘ghost’ school

Published: June 9, 2010
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Mismanagement by the education department has resulted in the construction of a primary school in the middle of a graveyard in Memon Mohalla, Rohri, but construction stopped two years ago when residents filed a case in protest. PHOTO: SALAHUDDIN SAMEJO/EXPRESS

Mismanagement by the education department has resulted in the construction of a primary school in the middle of a graveyard in Memon Mohalla, Rohri, but construction stopped two years ago when residents filed a case in protest. PHOTO: SALAHUDDIN SAMEJO/EXPRESS

SUKKUR: The children in Memon Mohalla are afraid to go to a school that is being built in the middle of a graveyard.

The matter started after poor planning on the part of the education department resulted in the construction of the primary school inside the graveyard near Rohri; however, residents filed a case at the sessions court two years ago and managed to get a stay on construction until the court’s final verdict.

Many residents had protested and threatened to keep their children at home if the authorities insisted on building the school on their ancestral graves.

A resident of Memon Mohalla told Express News that the graveyard is located at a small hill outside their village. “Building a school in this location will never be successful,” he believed.

Another resident insisted that children would be “too scared to attend school in a graveyard”

“There is no reason why this school should be made here.”

Even EDO Education Rohri Nawab Ali Channa agreed that the location of the school will have a negative impact on the children. According to Channa, the project started in 2006 and the reason why this location was chosen was they were short on land. On the other hand, EDO Education Sukkur Jia Ram Das refused to comment on the issue.

When the Express team visited the village, they found that it appeared to have plenty of space on which the school could have been built.

Some people have, however, illegally occupied government land in the vicinity that could have been cleared for the purpose.

Memon Mohalla is in dire need of a primary school as there are no schools in adjacent villages.

It has been two years since the children attended school and they are wasting time as the authorities fail to decide on an alternative arrangement. Thousands of rupees allocated for the project are also going to waste as construction could not go beyond five rooms.

The Syed family in the village filed the case, claiming that they inherited this land and it holds the graves of their ancestors. They said that several graves were destroyed when the school was being built and they cannot let that happen anymore.

The parents who are more determined regarding their children’s education have been sending them to a school located far from the village. Most parents meanwhile are not encouraged to send their children to school since there are none in the vicinity.

Memon Mohalla is famous for its annual Ashura procession.

Published in the Express Tribune, June, 9th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Zubaida Tunio
    Jun 9, 2010 - 10:37AM

    I wondered to see this story. What about the promises of PPP led government regarding quality of eduction? Sindh Educaiton Miniser has been claiming for the last two years that there are around sevent thousand ghost schools in the sindh. But he fail to justiy who many has been reopened by them. Two years are enough times for proving some thing, but sorry to say that every one is busy in looting and plundering the public money rather paying attntion to realn problems. Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Memon
    Jun 9, 2010 - 8:35PM

    Being regular on-net reader of Tribune, I am shocked to read this story about construction of school in the graveyard. First of all Rohri is a taluka and there is no EDO Education rather Mr. Nawab Ali Chijan is assistant district officer (ADO) Education, Rohri and EDO Education is Mr. Jay Ram Das, whose office is in Sukkur.Further more, this story earlier was published in other newspapers and recently published in Daily Express on June 3, 2010.Publication of such stories in newly emerged english daily like Tribune is in my opinion was quite harmful for its reputation. Therefore people linked with this paper should take extreme care before publishing any story.Recommend

  • kashif awan
    Jun 9, 2010 - 9:07PM

    As express tribune is not coming in the newspapers stalls in Sukkur, I read the stories through web site. While I reading story of construction of primary school in Rohri I was surprised that such story was also appeared in daily express urdu edition last week. This is very old matter and at least more than two dozens occasion such stories were also appeared in the local newspaper. It is also interesting that resident of rohri informed the problem to express news instead of express tribune. It is also clarified that Assistant District Officer Education functioning in Rohri nor the EDO Education Jai Ram Das. The school buildings constructs the Education Works Department. The boys are seen playing in the graveyard while in evening timing people visit their for the fresh air as it appears on piece of hill. It would be better that while entertaining the news in express tribune please give special care as this has to compete other national english newspapers.Recommend

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