Govt mak­ing all out ef­forts to boost lit­er­acy rate: Ba­ligh

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

PE­SHAWAR: Min­is­ter of State for Fed­eral Education and Pro­fes­sional Train­ing, En­gi­neer Ba­ligh-ur-Rehman Wed­nes­day said the govern­ment was mak­ing sus­tained ef­forts for fur­ther in­creas­ing lit­er­acy rate be­sides pro­mot­ing qual­ity education in the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of a two-day pro­vin­cial con­sul­ta­tion con­fer­ence on education, the min­is­ter said due to suc­cess­ful ed­u­ca­tional re­forms and com­pre­hen­sive strate­gies adopted by the govern­ment for pro­mot­ing education lit­er­acy rate had been in­creased from 58 to 60 per­cent dur­ing last two years.

The main ob­jec­tives of the con­fer­ence was to en­gage the pol­icy mak­ers for de­vel­op­ing strate­gies and poli­cies for ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDSs).

The event was also aimed at for shar­ing knowl­edge and note­wor­thy prac­tices on child friendly en­vi­ron­ment to strengthen part­ner­ships among var­i­ous stake hold­ers.

The min­is­ter ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Hu­man De­vel­op­ment (NCHD) and said the na­tion should sup­port the in­sti­tu­tions in the pub­lic sec­tor en­gaged in ed­u­cat­ing the 40 per­cent il­lit­er­ate peo­ple and 24 mil­lion out of school chil­dren in the coun­try. He in­formed that two mil­lion dropped out chil­dren had been re-en­rolled in schools, which was a great achieve­ment.

Ba­ligh-ur-Rehman said lit­er­acy and vo­ca­tional cen­ters would be opened across the coun­try to pro­vide tech­ni­cal train­ing to youth be­sides pre­par­ing them for mod­ern days' chal­lenges ahead.

He said Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum Coun­cil had been es­tab­lished to sug­gest ways and means for uni­for­mity in the cur­ricu­lum adding ex­pert from all four provinces and Azad Jummu and Kash­mir were in­cluded in the coun­cil. Un­der the Prime Min­is­ter's Ed­u­ca­tional Re­forms Pro­gramme Montes­sori classes had been started in Fed­eral Govern­ment schools in Is­lam­abad, he added.

He said that Montes­sori classes would im­mensely help to in­crease en­roll­ment of stu­dents be­sides dis­cour­ag­ing drop out of chil­dren. It would give equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to all stu­dents ir­re­spec­tive of their par­ent's fi­nan­cial po­si­tion to get Montes­sori style of education, he re­marked. The min­is­ter said th­ese pos­i­tive mea­sures of the govern­ment would help bring rev­o­lu­tion in education sec­tor in the coun­try.

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