The third wave of pandemic and the present educational status of Tharparkar!

Tharparkar has always faced so many troubles, already Tharparkar’s education situation is far behind and in the present situation of the COVID-19, the education situation of the district suffered and affected more than other districts of Sindh.  Presently, the third wave of the pandemic, from the first and second waves, has proved to be extremely dangerous all over the world. Its outbreak is spreading in many neighboring countries and Pakistan is also at greater risk due to climate change.

By: Shewa Ram Suthar

As a result, educational institutions in the country are also being closed due to lockdown, which will further affect the education of the Tharparkar district. There are a total of 3846 primary schools in the Tharparkar district. The decision to close 3846 primary schools in the Tharparkar district will have a significant impact on the literacy ratio and the number of children who have enrolled this year and last year.  The Tharparkar district is very prominent in its cultural context and currently, it lags behind in terms of education. If we look at the data on all four sides of district, Tharparkar’s literacy rate is much lower than in other districts, Looking at the border districts, the north side of Tharparkar is Mirpurkhas, which has a literacy rate of 39.78%, and Umarkot whose literacy rate is 38.56%. And in the east, there is a neighboring country of India’s two cities, Jaisalmer with a literacy rate of 58.04%, and Barmer whose literacy rate is  56.53%. While Tharparkar has a low literacy rate of 18.36 % which is not even half as in other neighboring districts.
 
Tharparkar covers 19638 sq km. This district, which will have 3846 government primary schools, will be a finger-counting school which will help to increase the literacy rate of the district. There are many schools whose buildings are utilized for other purposes i.e. livestock farming, local bhetak, and other social activities. 
 
There are many schools whose teachers are doing business. They also have shops outside the school. At school time they will also have a long jeep for rental purposes,  these teachers will do everything right except teaching properly in their schools. During school hours he is in the shop all day, and then when an officer’s jeep appears or sounds, he always gets to school within a minute. And then the supervisor or monitoring officer will pay tribute to the same teacher that you are doing a great job in a very tough area. There are many teachers in this area who are responsible for the low quality of education and poor school development, they are fooling both the government and the parents of the children enrolled in its school. 
 
Similarly, we have also created some mismanagement by the supervisory team who are leaking this information and telling teachers when they will visit their school, despite paying shocking visits at the school but they are giving a default visit. We have failed to regularize teachers and improve the standard of education but there is still a long way to go.
 
The third wave of Coronavirus is rapidly spreading worldwide and  It is recommended to visualize the education system. Since February 2020,  the education has been completely destroyed in the backward areas of Sindh especially in Tharparkar because in 2020, schools were closed for more than five months and now the situation is exploding again and the government is continuing to close schools like last year.
 
 In all of this, the Tharparkar district has suffered the most where there is no alternative to physical studies, Today in the 21st century, there are many villages in the Thar desert where there is no electricity, roads and mobile phone network. Other countries have different policies from one region to another so that everyone can get the environment they need but we have the same policy for both highly developed and under-developed areas. Due to this, backward areas are leaving behind the same situation in Tharparkar district where the rate of absence of teachers is high. The Government of Sindh should develop a regional wide strategic plan that does not affect the basic education of children especially in deep desert villages where children can get physical education through social distancing. 

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