As for as I know, we had coeducation to some extent in our school. We had girls almost in every class when we were enrolled in a school at Shagai, Saidu Sharif. There were some girls of high ranking officers of Swat State as well. They were enrolled in Class 8th to 10th. A few girls were getting education in Lady Grifth High School, Peshawar, living there in hostels. One of these girls got master degree and later served as Head Mistress in the newly constructed school on the branch road on the back side of Maskan Institute and Central Hospital.
This was the first High School for girls between the twin towns of Saidu and Mingora. It was followed by a large school for girls at Haji Baba, Mingora. Girl High School, Saidu Sharif was both for day scholars and boarders. The school is still in good condition, though sixty two (62) years has passed on it. It has a double storied building. The ground floor contains class rooms, office and staff room. The first floor has living rooms for boarders. I do not know whether it is still there, but on the eastern side was a kitchen, connected with the hostel via an overhead passage standing on round pillars.
Moreover there were some ten or more residences for the staff also. This school was provided with a forty-seater bus by Wali Sahib, which picked and dropped girls upto Balogram and the surrounding villages.
The building is of a unique style providing home like feelings to the students.
Now the sad fact is that the concerned authorities are going to demolish it as the students have been shifted to other school. I would like to say one thing. Please compare this school with the Principal’s residence built almost twenty years later. Quality will speak aloud.
Please leave some of the useable relics of Swat State intact.