A drive launched to enroll 800,000 out of school children in KP

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday formally launched a campaign to enroll 800,000 out of school in the province this year.

The ceremony in this regard was held at Government Saheed Osama Higher Secondary School, City-2, where provincial education minister Shahram Khan Tarakai was the chief guest.

He gave free textbooks and school bags to the newly enrolled children to launch a province-wide drive.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahram Khan Tarakai directed all district education officers to ensure that enrolment of maximum children in their respective zones.

He said that the provision of education to children was a shared responsibility and each individual of the society, especially the parents, should play a proactive role in this regard by getting their children admitted so that they could make their own and children’s future bright.

He said education was a key to national prosperity and progress and the goal of sustainable development could be achieved by equipping every child with his basic right to education.

He said that the government was making solid measures to provide access to education to all children in order to gear them up for facing contemporary and future challenges effectively.

He said that introduction of a uniform education system was one of the major achievements of the present government and it would put an end to status-based education in society.

The minister said that he was happy that the uniform curriculum had been implemented in KP’s all public and private schools during his tenure.

Tarakai further informed that a hefty amount of Rs3 billion had been allocated in the budget to provide furniture to all school students across the province and this year he added that 1200,000 (95 percent) children would have proper facilities for seating.

He said that the E-transfer policy had been introduced to ensure transparency and merit in the transfer case of teachers and added that under the policy a right teacher would have the right position.

He said policy would end recommendations or other approaching tactics in the transfer case of a teacher adding that a teacher who wanted to transfer himself could only apply through an online application.

He said that all arrangements had been made to start double-shift classes in the first phase at selected schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which would help equip maximum children with quality education besides facilitating parents and students from far-flung areas.

He said that the KP government would provide 7000 Rehmatul Lil Alameen Scholarship to assist the students from all the public sector on merit and need basis and the move would help promote education among the youth who were considered as future leaders of the country.

He said that more teachers would be recruited as stopgap arrangements to meet their shortage immediately and education of children might not suffer.