Government school buses, bought by previous governments, still rusting in Islamabad

All 200 buses continue to rust in their respective institutes' parking lots as the authorities have not hired drivers to operate them.

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Two years ago, the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) procured 200 buses for different federally administered schools and colleges. However, all 200 buses continue to rust in their respective institutes’ parking lots as the authorities have not hired drivers to operate them.

According to details, these buses were purchased in 2018 under the Prime Minister’s Education Reform Program without getting prior approval for the sanctioned posts of drivers, helping staff, and budget for fuel. Reports state that the PML-N government hastily carried out the monetary transaction for the buses, close to the end of the 5-year tenure.

The newly appointed Director-General FDE, Dr. Ikram Ali Malik, was briefed about the matter in the latest official briefing at the FDE last week. Dr. Malik issued an official statement after the briefing and said:

The FDE and Ministry of Education will soon resolve the issue to provide relief to the students.

On the other hand, The Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mahmood, vowed to resolve the issue and said:

A committee has recommended either receiving approval from the government for the new posts or outsourcing the buses’ operations. The Ministry has not taken a final decision yet, as it is considering some other options to bring the unused buses under operation.

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