Target of 0.8 million fixed for enrollment in Govt: schools, Mushtaq Ghani

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and higher education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani claimed that last year 0.7 million children were enrolled in government schools while this year target of 0.8 million fixed for the purpose will be achieved in all respect.

Talking to the participants on the occasion of second phase of school enrollment campaign kicked off across the province on Tuesday, minister said that in the education sector remained ignored in tenure of previous government while this government keeps it on priority. He said that all basic facilities have provided to government schools while the trust of parents on government schools once again restored.

Ghani said that 15000 teachers were appointed through NTS across the province while Rs. 10 billion has allocated for the provision of basic facilities in schools last year.

He said that previously government schools were comprising over two rooms and two teachers which was a jock with government schools and education, he added that this governments has totally eliminated the two rooms and two teachers concept and replaced it with six rooms and six teachers.

He said that government has converted upto class-III into English medium this year and every year this process will extend to other classes. Minister informed that 2.1 million chairs were required in government schools for students while government has allocated Rs. 3 billion for purchasing chairs for schools this year.

On this occasion KP Elementary and Secondary Education Additional Secretary Qaiser Alam said that September 8 observed International literacy Day throughout the world but at provincial level government link this event with “Enrollment Campaign.”

He said that PTI government has significantly worked in education sector and first time Rs 102 billion allocated for education sector which is 38 percent of total budget.

He highlighted the affairs of education department and said that first they focus on quality of education and provide all basic missing facilities in schools and fulfill shortage of teachers.

Additional Secretary informed that Rs. 800 million were allocated for teachers training last year owing which 23000 teachers got trained and this year also allocated Rs800million for teachers training and they will achieve same target. He said that this time school principals and headmistress will train on leadership management and boost-up their capacity.

He shared that there were different data regarding out of school children across the province but now they are planning to do a household survey and compile authentic data out of schools children and on the basis of this data they will access out of school children.

He said that monthly Rs. 200 stipend given to girl’s students from class 6th to 10th now while this amount would be raised upto Rs. 1000 in future.

On this occasion, Peshawar District Nazim Mohammad Asim Khan, KP Director Elementary and Secondary Education Rafiqu Khattak, KP education department employees, children of various schools and members of civil society’s were present.

The Higher Education Minister Mushtaq Ghani formally inaugurated the second enrollment campaign and enrolled children in schools while the children offered warm welcome to the guest on his arrival.