The education minister handed over books worth Rs2,738 million for students of grades one to seven among various district education officers at a ceremony on Tuesday. The education officers would distribute these books to students in schools in their respective areas, stated a handout.
Minister of Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif addressed the ceremony held to distribute textbooks for 2016-17 at K-P Textbook Board, Peshawar office. The board’s chairman, Asghar Ali, was also present. Ali told Atif the board published 46,479,482 books with the amount provided by the government.
Atif said syllabi should include activities that enhance the creativity of students.
For extracurricular activities, he said the government would make playgrounds in 10,000 primary schools as they have been made compulsory.
Besides providing books free of cost and making space for recreation, Atif said they have so far been able to recruit 25,000 teachers on the basis of merit.
“There is no space for recruitment on the basis of nepotism in any sector of the government.”
Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2016.
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