Girls in Darel Valley of Diamer District protest against ‘closure of their schools’

According to local sources, the GB Police has shut down two girls schools it had opened few years back in the remote Gumari valley of Darel. The schools had been started by Hussain Asghar, former Inspector General of GB Police.

The Police Department had also appointed two local female teachers in the schools, and was paying their salaries. Now the department has asked its employees, constable-cum-teachers, working in the schools to stop offering their services, effectively shutting the schools down. Around 250 girls are likely to be affected by the decision, according to local sources.

The locals have resented the closure of the school, demanding their restoration, and reinstatement of the women police officials who had been hired to teach at the schools.

It is pertinent to note that the Darel Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan has low literacy rate, especially among women and girls.

Some locals have said that if it is not possible for the Police Department to continue supporting the schools, then the Education Ministry should takeover and continue the educational process.

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