Islamabad: Though the private school industry has
been flourishing in Pakistan, most schools here in the capital
have no playgrounds despite high tuition fees being charged from
parents, a media report said.
Lack of playgrounds is affecting students' physical and mental
fitness, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.
Due to low standards of education in state-run schools, people
prefer sending their children to private ones. However, a lot of
such private schools have been unable to fulfil the expectations
The report said the condition of public schools was somewhat
better than private schools as their campuses were built on vast
pieces of land unlike private schools operating in small
Parents have expressed concern over the shortage of playgrounds
and have urged authorities to construct playgrounds at the
Hamza Abrar, father of a student, said most private schools were
operating in small houses.
Such a situation has forced several schools to use parks as
playgrounds, creating problems for residents, he said.
Shaheena, mother of a student, said schools without playgrounds
should not be allowed to function.
Murtaza Noor, an official from the government's Higher Education
Commission, said it was mandatory for schools to arrange cricket,
hockey, football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastic
competitions and physical training sessions for students.
He, however, did not explain why no action was being taken against
schools that lacked playgrounds.