KP prepares draft on compulsory education
PESHAWAR: The department of Secondary and Elementary Education, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has prepared draft of a bill for compulsory education in the province.
The formula of the drafted bill would be sent to the Department of Law and would be passed in the current financial year. This was stated by Director, Education Sector, Reforms Unit, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, Riyaz Bahar while speaking in an orientation seminar on elimination of corporal punishment from schools here in a local hotel on Wednesday.
The seminar was held under the auspices of Society for Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC) in collaboration with the department of Education, Khyber Pakhtukhwa. Officials of the education department, civil society and media attended.
Those who addressed were including Imran Takkar, Provincial Manager, SPARC, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, National Programme Manager, SPARC, Imtiaz Ahmad and Miss Gul Naz, an official of the society from Islamabad.
He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 27007 schools, saying the menace of the corporal punishment would be eliminated from them in joint efforts with SPARC and other organizations.
He said that corporal punishments in schools are bearing negative impact on the personality of the children.
The official of the education department said that in a province where
the literacy rate is just 49 per cent the existing of such practice further deteriorating the sector. Under the drafted bill education for the children aged 5-16 would be compulsory. He said that other provinces included Punjab and Sindh have already made legislation in this regard.
Highlighting the joint progress of SPARC and government to eliminate corporal punishment from schools, National Programme Manager, SPARC, Imtiaz Ahmad said that initially the society has targeted five districts including Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Swabi and Mardan from the elimination of the menace. -App