Priority subject: Government to allocate Rs100b for education

Published: June 4, 2014
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Khan said the provincial government has been focusing on education and besides constructing new schools and rehabilitating old ones the ministry has also been working on teacher training programmes.

Khan said the provincial government has been focusing on education and besides constructing new schools and rehabilitating old ones the ministry has also been working on teacher training programmes.

PESHAWAR: 

Increasing the provincial education budget by over 35%, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government is likely to allocate Rs100 billion for the education sector (elementary, secondary and higher education) for fiscal year 2014-15, according to Minister for Education Muhammad Atif Khan.

During an interview with The Express Tribune, Khan said the provincial government has been focusing on education and besides constructing new schools and rehabilitating old ones the ministry has also been working on teacher training programmes.

“Unless you train teachers to provide quality education to children and unless you have an accurate monitoring system, just raising the structure of a school will not deliver results.”

Khan could not reveal the exact figure of the allocated budget, saying it is the job of the finance minister to do so.

He said besides continuing projects initiated by the previous government, PTI has worked hard to identify a number of schools which were destroyed due to the 2010 floods, 2005 earthquake and militancy, adding they will all be rebuilt as soon as possible. “This is our problem and we will solve it on our own,” Khan said.

While replying to a question over a recent survey which showed that the provincial education graph had gone down slightly, the minister said the survey had been conducted in 2013 during the Awami National Party led government’s tenure.

He said that school-based recruitment is in progress where schoolteachers will have to serve at one school only; not only to end political victimisation but also so teachers develop a sense of ownership with the school, adding residents of the areas will be preferred in the recruitment process.

The minister said that the total amount disbursed this past fiscal year for salaries of 210,000 education department employees was over Rs61 billion.

Talking about PTI’s Tameer-e-School Programme, the minister said 28 schools have so far been sponsored by people from within and outside the country, informing that people have donated over Rs150 million. “This amount is apart from the government-allocated budget. Overseas employees have been doing much more for their countrymen back home,” Khan said.

The minister acknowledged that there are a number of missing facilities in the province’s schools, including boundary walls, toilets, fans and potable water, among others, which will be addressed by the government on a priority basis.

Soon after the PTI took over the reins of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), it announced an education emergency in the province and launched enrolment drives to bring out-of-school children into the fold.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 4th, 2014. 

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Reader Comments (11)

  • sdcmnsd
    Jun 4, 2014 - 4:17AM

    Naya Pakistan

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  • Hassan
    Jun 4, 2014 - 4:53AM

    This is the way to go, I hope PML(N) will copy paste, as they normally do, and this will be good for the country

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  • NY
    Jun 4, 2014 - 6:32AM

    Hats off to the PTI government.

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 4, 2014 - 8:36AM

    Under Education Emergency of PTI in Pakhtunkhwa, school students with 8% acquired marks are promoted to next classes. Where is quality?

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  • Fahad
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:05AM

    I really start feeling jealous of PTI performance in KPK as i am from Karachi. I dont know what crime did the people of Karachi do to take the curse of a militant party. I hope one day we will get rid of this party and PTI will rule Karachi and return its prosperity back.

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  • Aamna H. Fasihi
    Jun 4, 2014 - 5:34PM

    If this is what liberals call Deen e Imrani, I’m a proud Imranist.
    Way to go PTI. Naya Pakistan through education emergency and not some useless Youth or cultural festival

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  • Jun 4, 2014 - 5:42PM

    Education is the key to success & it is praised highly to allocate sufficient funds to education sector in KPK

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  • syed ashfaq ali
    Jun 4, 2014 - 7:25PM

    @Pakistani: u r just kidding?wat u want to prove.there r a lot of conspiracies against pti but they all will fail.ppp,anp,jui,pmln,qwp r on the same page.they have no policy only just to oppose IK and pti.

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  • syed ashfaq ali
    Jun 4, 2014 - 7:29PM

    Mr,Atif edu minister KPK, sir,wat happened to the sst BPS16 for the teachers serving as pst and ct teachers.it is late from january wat is the progress in this connection.MMA and ANP was culprit for the this.now from PTI all the teachers were expecting but it is still late.wats the reason???????

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  • Jun 4, 2014 - 8:43PM

    Excuse me Aamna Fasihi, don’t you think you have gone too far in expressing your love for the personality you love ?? Deen e imrani ??? I guess choosing your words before typing is a good practice.

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  • fawad
    Jun 5, 2014 - 10:35AM

    Setting the priorities right. Education system is far more important than a 10 km road. Thank you pti. Gimmiks of a family limited company will never be able to compete against you.

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