Various government schools, including 20 designated as Model schools by the government, filed for bankruptcy because of a severe lack of funding.
The Punjab Model Schools are suffering from the lack of funding in several areas, such as infrastructure, teacher preparation, and the accessibility of necessary educational materials.
These schools have struggled to give their students a supportive learning environment due to a lack of funding, which has hindered their academic progress and General development
Additionally, the District Accounts Office in Hafizabad failed to approve the bills of funds allocated for renovation and repair work. Consequently, the school administration was unable to pay utility bills, including those for electricity, and this led to the disconnection of utility services.
Details indicate that the Punjabi government designated 20 high and higher secondary schools in the district as model schools and provided Rs. 7 lakh for each school’s restoration and beautification.
The district accounts office in Hafizabad revealed that the grant expired and the school heads’ invoices could not be approved when they finished their repair, beautification, and restoration projects and sent their bills there for payment.
The District Education Authority and the Punjab government were urged by teacher unions, educationists, and literary figures in the district to release a Non-Salary Budget (NSB) that would be necessary to maintain the quality of education in the schools and to provide various facilities to students attending government schools. Additionally, the Punjab government had released an insufficient NSB, which made it difficult for school heads to run their operations efficiently.
Although Deputy Commissioner Hafizabad Sundas Irshad is visiting various government institutions to improve service delivery, President Awami Mahaz Hafizabad Rana Khalid Mehmood stated this is a commendable start and expressed his hope that government offices will be inspected.