Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government formally launched “School Enrolment campaign 2013” in a drive to ensure the enrolment of maximum number of nonschool going children in public sector schools to give a considerable increase to literacy rate in the province.
During the four to six weeks campaign effective, integrated and result oriented efforts will be made to get the maximum number of nonschool going children enrolled in schools.
It’s worth mention here that more than two million children are out of schools in the province for some reasons or the other. A function to formally launch the enrolment campaign was held at government Higher secondary school No.1 Peshawar Cantt on Tuesday with Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf.
Imran Khan as chief guest and attended by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak, Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser, Chief Secretary Mohammad Shehzad Arbab, Inspector General Police, Ihsan Ghani, Provincial Ministers, members of national and provincial assemblies, government functionaries, parents, students and a large number of media persons.
In his address Mr. Imran Khan said that it was a big challenge for the provincial government to reform the existing education because it has been completely ruined in the past but we are resolved to set it straight. It is pity that education system has been ruined in the country instead of promoting and strengthening; lamented Khan.
Ascribing the class differences in the society to the existing education system, khan said that the existing education system has deliberately been promoted in the country to provide opportunities to the well off segment of society to prosper and to keep the poor deprived, adding that we have initiated the huge task of uniform system of education in the province so that both the poor and rich could be provided equal opportunities to prosper.
In all the public sector school English medium of education will be introduced with the aim to provide good opportunities of acquiring higher education and not to westernize our young generation; maintained Imran Khan.
He said that we will restore the trust of parents in our schools by providing all the required facilities to the schools including well trained staff, we will spend maximum resources to strengthen our schools and even than if we lack in resources we will get these schools sponsored by overseas Pakistanis who are eager to come to the province and invest in education sectors.
Regarding the promotion of higher education in the province Khan said that in this regard the services/expertise of renowned experts like Attaur Rehman will be hired. Those interested in establishing standard institutions of higher education specially technical universities will be provided all types of facilities ; he added.
Touching upon the proposed local government system he said that the proposed local government system would empower the local people in true sense and the village councils under the new system would have full powers in the affairs of their schools, hospitals and police stations adding that it is for the first time in the history of the country that an elected government is devolving all its financial and administration powers to local bodies.
Khan continued that until and unless peace was not restored, no effort to bring change or reform would yield the desired results; and hence our top priority is the restoration of peace in the province.
Addressing the function Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak said that the PTI led provincial government would fulfil all the promises made to the public including the promise of introducing uniform system of education.
He said that the process of change had been initiated and people will soon feel the change. Uniform curriculum will be introduced in all the schools in the province from the next academic session and this revolutionary steps will have a far reaching effect to bridge the ever increasing gulf between the rich and the poor; Khattak said.
Provincial Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Mohammad Atif also spoke on the occasion. Earlier addressing the function, Secretary Elementary and Secondary Education Joodat Ayaz shed lights in the said campaign and said that the enrolment campaign would not be a mere symbolic campaign rather effective and result oriented efforts would be made during the six weeks campaign to get the maximum number of children enrolled in schools.
He urged upon the parents, teacher, elected representatives and all segments of society to join the government efforts to make the campaign a real success.
In end Imran Khan and Pervez Khattak formally launched the campaign by the enrolling the names of two children in the school registers.