KP pre­pares draft on com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

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

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