ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government will introduce three bills of legislation for making education compulsory for every child of the province, regularising private education institutions and recruitment of school-specific and non-transferable government teachers.
These decisions were taken at the first stocktaking meeting of Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) and Higher Education Department (HED), co-chaired by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Sunday.
The Universities Model Act, presently under consideration of the vice chancellors, will be implemented by March next year to effectively administer activities of public sector universities of KP, decided the meeting. Academic activities at newly established Women University, Mardan, will also commence from March next year to provide higher education facilities to female students from entire province in general and from Mardan, Charsada, Nowshera and Malakand districts in particular, it emphasised. Highlighting the party’s guidelines for improving the education sector of KP, Khan asked the provincial government to take immediate and necessary steps for making the college level educational institutions fully autonomous and responsible as well.
Thanking Department for International Development (DFID) for helping the KP government to improve the standard of education, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that his government was making all required financial resources available for education sector and spending 29 percent of its budget for improving the education and it did not get even a single penny loan for this purpose. He said that a strategy was being followed to ensure that there would be no primary school of less than six rooms and at least six teachers and in order to ensure all time availability of teachers.
The chief minister directed the HED to accelerate the progress on establishment of Chitral University and also ordered to provide transport facility to teaching staff of government colleges for pick and drop purpose within current month. The meeting was informed that vouchers were distributed under Education Vouchers Scheme to enrol 30,000 out-of-school children identified in six districts (Peshawar, Kohat, D.I.Khan, Mardan, Mansehra and Swat).