E&SE achieving milestones set

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and secondary Education Department (KP E&SE) is determined to provide the children of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa safe and enabling learning environment by ensuring the availability of basic facilities and quality of construction in schools. The E&SED has established more than 83,000 missing facilities in more than 24,000 schools across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a record investment of Rs. 29 billion.

Today more than 94% schools in the province have boundary walls. These numbers particularly the setting up of boundary walls, toilets and drinking water will hugely impact the enrollment levels. Parents have a greater comfort level when sending their kids to school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa when they know that they are equipped with essential facilities. A record number of 160,000 students migrated from private to government schools during 2016-2017.

Since 2013, the Government of KP has spent more than PKR 4 billion on the provision of furniture to government schools, reflecting its commitment to provide students with a conducive learning environment. In 2013, most schools across the province had no furniture or it was sub-standard. Since then more than 4 million children sit on chairs in school instead of the floor.

KP E&SED is spending over two billion rupees on the solarization of government schools in the province so as to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the schools. Solarization has been completed in nearly 6000 schools and work is in progress on another 10,000.

The Elementray and Secondary Education Department has prepared guidelines for the Parent Teacher’s Council on the installation of these solar panels. Moreover, an engineering firm has been hired for the support and monitoring of Parent Teacher Councils in the implementation of conditional grant program in all districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The engineering firm will mobilize engineers in each district who will provide assistance to PTCs in ensuring quality construction.

More than 10,000 play areas have been established at primary schools across the province under a new education policy. The government has established play areas at government schools to ensure a healthy environment at these institutes and give priority to quality education.