Fund­ing Haqqa­nia Madrassa aims to bring sem­i­nar­ies into main­stream: Ghani

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - STAFF RE­PORTER

PESHAWAR—Clar­i­fy­ing the pur­pose of al­lo­cat­ing Rs. 300 mil­lion for Darul Uloom Haqqa­nia Akora Khat­tak, the spokesman of KP Gov­ern­ment Mush­taq Ah­mad Ghani on Tues­day said that the move is aimed at bring­ing the re­li­gious sem­i­nar­ies into main­stream.

The KP gov­ern­ment that drew flak from the civil so­ci­ety and the na­tional press for al­lo­cat­ing funds for Darul Uloom Haqqa­nia Akora Khat­tak, felt the ne­ces­sity to come out with a clar­i­fi­ca­tion for jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of the fund­ing.

In an of­fi­cial press re­lease is­sued here, he said that around three mil­lion stu­dents are en­rolled in th­ese sem­i­nar­ies where they are fed, shel­tered and taken care of with­out any ex­pense.

Ghani said PTI has the vi­sion to stream­line all sorts of ed­u­ca­tion to con­vert into one ed­u­ca­tion system thus bridg­ing ap­palling dis­con­nect be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the sem­i­nary system.

He said that ma­jor chunk of the fund would also be uti­lized for con­struc­tion and re­pair of the build­ing, adding that the provin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion has sought to en­hance mon­i­tor­ing and over­sight of the re­li­gious sem­i­nar­ies which is not pos­si­ble with­out cater­ing to their needs and bridg­ing dis­con­nects.

It is worth men­tion­ing that the provin­cial gov­ern­ment is keen to en­hance fi­nan­cial as well as tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to re­li­gious schools in the province to bring them un­der the um­brella of provin­cial ed­u­ca­tion regime and the step is the first in this di­rec­tion.

Evolv­ing uni­ver­sal ed­u­ca­tion system is the aim of KP gov­ern­ment, he said, which cer­tainly is not pos­si­ble by push­ing hun­dreds of re­li­gious schools in the province to­wards iso­la­tion.

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