KP to es­tab­lish 200 smart schools

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

PESHAWAR—Ed­u­ca­tion is the high pri­or­ity area of pro­vin­cial govern­ment and huge al­lo­ca­tion of Rs.111.52 bil­lion in the Bud­get for the year 2016-17 truly re­flects its deep com­mit­ment to pro­vide free and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to all across the prov­ince.

This was stated by Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Muham­mad Atif while talk­ing to me­dia men here on Sun­day. He said ed­u­ca­tion is an in­vest­ment in fu­ture gen­er­a­tion and pro­vides a foun­da­tion for hu­man de­vel­op­ment, for this pur­pose spe­cial fo­cus is pro­vided by the govern­ment on ed­u­ca­tion.

He said the pro­vin­cial govern­ment is keen to pro­vide ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, cre­ate a gen­der bal­ance and ful­fill the in­fras­truc­tural re­quire­ments of ex­ist­ing in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing staff, equip­ment, fur­ni­ture, teach­ers train­ing and re­pairs.

Its aim is to en­sure qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all and all girls, boys com­plete free pri­mary and sec­ondary school­ing and achieve universal ac­cess to a qual­ity higher ed­u­ca­tion, he main­tained.

In the bud­get, he said, an al­lo­ca­tion of Rs.12453.00 mil­lion has been made for to­tal of 72 projects, out of which 64 are on­go­ing with al­lo­ca­tion of Rs. 10030.007 mil­lion and 8 are new with al­lo­ca­tion of Rs. 2422.993 Mil­lion.

The Min­is­ter said that the ma­jor tar­gets of the new bud­get are pro­vi­sion for spe­cial ini­tia­tive, es­tab­lish­ment of 200 smart schools, first ever Girls Cadet Col­lege at Mar­dan, Cadet Col­lege at Swat, 1300 Girls Com­mu­nity Schools, 160 new Pri­mary Schools, 500 IT Labs in High and Higher Sec­ondary Schools, up gra­da­tion of 50 Pri­mary, 50 Mid­dle and 50 High Schools on need ba­sis and stan­dard­iza­tion of 200 Higher Sec­ondary Schools, in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sim­i­larly, stipends to girl stu­dents from class 6th to 10th at the rate of Rs.200 per month will con­tinue in the next bud­get too, he con­cluded.—APP

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