The Social Welfare Department of the Balochistan National Movement (BNM) has claimed that the military of Pakistan has closed or occupied more than 76 schools in the Balochistan region. The military has turned the schools into army bases. The Army has closed 13 schools in the Mashkai Tehsil.
Additionally, Another 63 schools in Tehsil Awaran also stand on the brink of closing. The Army has withheld the provisions for the successful operation of the schools. The social welfare department of Balochistan has claimed that this lack of provision reflects the government of Pakistan’s non-serious approach towards education.
Meanwhile, the Army tries to promote the suppression of thought and consciousness through these actions. The actions of the administration are proving significantly harmful to the children. The children in the Balochistan region are not getting access to quality education. This is as a result of the army administration’s actions.
The Social Welfare Department of Balochistan has claimed that the actions reflect the country’s colonial approach to education. Several human rights activists and enthusiasts have expressed deep concern about the situation. They have argued that the children of Balochistan get deprived of the basic right to education.
The human rights association has shared a report detailing their findings on the situation. The report claims that education is a fundamental human right. They have added that deprivation of education can have long-term consequences on the socio-economic development of a region.
The government of Pakistan has been implementing colonial policies in Balochistan. Accordingly, the experts claim that the poor education situation in the region results from these policies. In line with this, the human rights association has urged the international community to direct Pakistan to make the required changes.
The report of the Social welfare department suggests that Pakistan and Balochistan share a relationship of Occupier and Occupied. Accordingly, the government uses the military to repress the population. Over the years, several Army has closed several educational institutions and denied the population access to education in Balochistan.