Pakistan: Strike of schoolgirls in Wah

On April 23 an unusual event occurred when hundreds of schoolgirls aged between 8 and 15 years came out onto the Gadwall road bridge (WAH) and blocked the road.


Wah schoolgirls demo

On April 23 an unusual event occurred when hundreds of schoolgirls aged between 8 and 15 years came out onto the Gadwall road bridge (WAH) and blocked the road. All the traffic was blocked within a few minutes. This road is a very busy road and normally it is used by heavy transport. Because of this all of a sudden a huge crowd of thousands gathered at this place and they also joined the demonstration. The girls were raising the slogans “don’t take away our education”, “don’t take away our school”.

This incident hasn't occurred all of a sudden. It has a long story behind it and the volcano erupted when the students of F-G school # 14 Wah Cantt were informed that they soon would be shifted to another school and their own school would be closed down in stages. This decision of the administration caused unrest among the schoolgirls. And they reacted with anger and revolted.

All over the country the students are being deprived off their right to an education. The educational institutions are being privatised. The teachers are being thrown out from the government schools and colleges. And fees are being increased everyday. The prices of books and other educational material are beyond the reach of working class families. While on the other hand private educational institutions are being encouraged by the government. These atrocious measures of the ruling class are now becoming unbearable for the working class. And the masses have started moving against it.

YFIS-Pakistan is taking serious notice of all these events, including the one described above, and along with immediate action it is preparing for a greater mobilization of all progressive student organizations against these oppressive actions of the ruling class.


Report by
Kashif Nawaz.