Govt making all out efforts to boost literacy rate: Baligh
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.