Jeay Sindh Jeay Sindh Students Federation (JSMM) commemorated Sain GM Sayed on his 113th birth anniversary.
Sain GM Sayed is the founding father and ideologue for the separate secular democratic socialist homeland “Sindhudesh” for Sindhis. His birth anniversary has been commemorated by various Sindhi nationalist parties on 17th of January each year. In 1970’s Sayed formulated the manifesto of Jeay Sindh Students Federation and laid its foundations. JSSF commemorates his birth and death anniversary every year.
On this January 17th, Jeay Sindh Jeay Sindh Students Federation (JSMM) organized a membership and public opinion camp at Sann to spread awareness about the statutory sentence of capital punishments to its Chairman Hafeez Pirzado, activist Asif Baat, imprisonments and enforced disappearances of its activists and collective rights of Sindhi students.
JSSF JSMM activists also volunteered for the administration of anti-CPEC rally and public gathering of JSMM. More than 50 volunteer student activists of JSSF in black shirts were looking over the course of the rally and public gathering.
In the public gathering of JSMM, JSSF representatives vigorously praised the thoughts, struggle and contributions of Sayed for the independence of Sindh and elaborated the educational challenges that today’s Sindh is facing, criticizing the Pakistani state’s role in spoiling the education system of Sindh. Speaking to audience on this occasion JSSF Vice Chairman Shahzad Manglo said “We want to make this clear to the world that a wealthy territory like Sindh, contributing to almost the three-fourth of Pakistan’s GDP is the 2nd worst state in the education ranking, and 6th in the line of index after Islamabad, PoK, Punjab, GB, and KPK, only above Balochistan (according to Alif Ailan Projects Education Rankings).
“Despite all the UNICEF and World Bank support, only 23% of the total schools in Sindh have proper or satisfactory working conditions and most of them are in the Karachi metropolitan areas leaving behind all the other districts of the interior. More than 11000 ghost schools exist in Sindh, and 40% of the children can not continue (afford) their education to secondary level.”
Secretary General of JSSF Jabbar Jhatial also addressed the fundamental educational challenges of Sindh. He said “The privatization of education, class-based education system, incapability of academic syllabuses to teach modern science and technology, lack of scientific laboratories, libraries, the internet, scholarships and affordable education are the principal causes which have ruined the entire education system of Sindh. And due to this, the majority of students can not continue studies to the higher level, millions of children are out of schools, and the only students that do reach the higher education institutions when leaving college and universities, prove to be incapable of competing.”
“Means no quality education is being provided at all. Even Sindh is beings deliberately neglected in the scholarships of Higher Education
Commission (HEC), which even after its decentralization through 18th constitutional amendment has not sectioned it’s part to provide provinces with the funds.”
He criticized Pakistan’s security establishment on the Student Union & Student politics bans and exposed their agendas of radicalizing the youth of Sindh by supporting internationally banned students’ organizations in Sindh. He said, “Deployment of Paramilitary troops in campuses, harassment, the prohibition on student representative bodies and banning student unions in schools, college, and Universities, administrative nepotism, corruption have been severely affecting Sindh’s education. We have documentary proofs that these paramilitary cops, deployed in Universities have an agenda to depoliticize campuses off secular politics and promote religious extremist outfits.”
They also appealed and invited the UNICEF bodies and other educational activists throughout the world to turn their particular focus to Sindh and press Pakistani authorities to end this educational apartheid with the Sindhis.