Pakistan Saeedpur College

By: Zain Hyder Shah

The education is a main asset for a nation. It also represents a nation’s prosperity globally. According to the international education survey only 58 percent Pakistani people are literate, and who are just able to write their names are enlisted in this survey.  Socrates once said, “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.” Plato once said, “By education I mean that training in excellence from youth upward.”

For centuries human has been committed to knowledge and studies but the sad news is our nation is still lacking it, specially Sindh and the remote areas of Laar. This real story, about struggle of a person for education that has become so rare to hear in 21st century, will remind you the hard times they had to go through to give and receive education. Mr. Qazi Muhammad Ibrahim Thebo was an educationist and he was also a government employee. He passed his whole life in a small village of Saeedpur, Talhar, which is 30 kilometers away from Badin and about 75 kilometers from Hyderabad division. In 1947 he went to Karachi to see Pakistan flag rising when the Britain left the subcontinent. At that moment the only idea, came in his mind, was to build a school. The idea of opening a school was originated by his keen interest in the movement of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. He didn’t know that one day this school would be a remarkable sign of education in Sindh.

The idea was an initial step for the efforts to success. After his arrival to hometown, he built a small hut in Saeedpur village where students could come for getting education. He built some other huts for the accommodation of students who came from far villages then he started school in 1952.At that time the school sectors and authority of providing license were under the local government. After some years the District Council Badin started to construct the building for Pakistan High School. Mr. Abu Nisar, the commissioner of Hyderabad Division, inaugurated it, and later the school became the master institute, known as an institute beyond than par excellence. The sons of rich feudalists and the sons of poor farmers were getting education from this institute with the equal dignity, and now some of them are retired bureaucrats and others are scholars, Poets and above all every senior student is very literate and fond of knowledge. According to the most senior student of this college, “In the beginning period the primary focus of school teachers was to grow the moral and ethical values in students, and administration of that time was strict. The teaching faculty too was completely dedicated to the students.” Mr. Ibrahim Thebo was one man army and his efforts were selfless. He collected funds for the poor students and helped them in getting proper education.

He was the caretaker of school from 1950 to 1975, and also his son, Mr. Yaqoub Thebo, served as an assistant headmaster for two decades.
In 1971 the college came into being. Afterwards the student union was formed, and the administration came in serious conflicts with the students. They faced some serious clashes which disrupted the peaceful environment of Saeedpur College. Lack of interest from government, in developing the school, has completely destroyed the study criteria of college. Unfortunately the institute could not continue with its perfect policies like other old Schools had done. In 2010 the Government wanted to close the institute but after all the massive crises, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq held a meeting and decided not to close but continue it and to give it the same standard as of 1960s’ but the state failed in its decision. They were not even able to restore the boarding. The school had been in good shape since it was in the hands of local Government. Looking after was easy that time but now it goes through a long process which takes a lot of time. The teaching faculty has to go through the prolonged procedure of sending application and then wait for the response from state. It takes a lot of time in releasing funds, and for a long time the college hasn’t received any answer or fund by administration of Sindh.
In my visit to the college the unsatisfactory feeling aroused in me when I had conversation with the senior lecturer, Mr. Shabbir Memon, who has been serving the College for seven years. According to him the institute is lacking some basic facilities: there is a major problem of pick and drop for students and teachers since Government hasn’t provided any vehicle, there is no filter water machine so students have to drink the unhygienic water, there were only few materials in laboratory. But the library was filled with a huge variety of books about literature, Pakistan Studies, Biology, Physics and Chemistry, and it gave me a sort of satisfaction. Right now 450 students are registered in Pakistan Saeedpur College, and also these 450 innocent students are those, who haven’t yet got the basic facilities in school.
The High school building gives the view of complete destruction, it is without any renovation. The students of the High school Saeedpur are on higher death risk. There are cracks in the building.

According to the senior lecturer, “The government releases only 1 lac in a year, and there had been no development work occurred since 1963.” This is a point which makes every visitor and reader to wonder the bad governance and the drawbacks of bribe in education sectors. The education of Sindh is in serious crises that it has failed to maintain the dignity of phenomenal education sectors. The school is going through the worst condition now and the problems are very severe: the poor and old infrastructure of Saeedpur College and High School is a major problem. According to the lecturer of High School, about 350 students are registered in this school and among them 300 students come regularly but the school has no boundary wall. The building was built in 1963 and no renovation in infrastructure had taken place in 52 years.

The Pakistan College and High School Saeedpur belong to very rich educational background and also situated in very peaceful environment. It is away from the noise of machines, cars and factories, away from pollution. It can be the best place for students to study if government looks after and solves the major issues of Saeedpur High School and College. State should provide them with enough money that poor students can get at least their primary right of education without putting their life at risk. It can also be the example of the only candle in dark night. It can be the central institute for the villagers nearby Saeedpur because of its location. The College already covers the very vast region of remote village Rajo Khadani and city of Talhar. This is the only Government College of Badin which is providing co-education environment with excellent teaching faculty compared to the other government sectors. It can come back in its previous shape only by getting the possible help from government. I dream to see this master institute in its past shape of excellence in 21st century.
“To facilitate one poor man is like you serve the mankind”