PESHAWAR: The much-trumpeted ‘Tameer-e-School’ project of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has begun to bear fruit as 45 out of 818 schools that lack essential facilities have been revamped.
To improve the standard of education in the province and materialise its claims of change, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led (PTI) government had launched the project in April 2014, aiming to construct new educational facilities and revamp the existing ones by raising funds.
According to documents received from the K-P Elementary and Secondary Education Department, a total of 818 schools lack basic facilities such as infrastructure, sanitation and equipment. In all, 65 schools have been funded by various organisations and individuals and so far 45 have been refurbished while work is in progress at six schools.
While talking to The Express Tribune, the education department’s additional secretary Qaisar Alam said a total of Rs24.7 million has been collected for 65 schools so far. He added boundary walls, toilets, classrooms have been constructed while sanitation, electricity and equipment have been provided at 45 schools.
Alam said that the incumbent government has prioritised the education sector and declared an education emergency in the province, adding that the sector’s share in the annual budget has been doubled.
He added that a monitoring unit has also been formed to look over the progress of projects and identify schools where faculty and facilities are missing. Alam said that reports are filed on a monthly basis and soon the sector will see a major re-haul.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2014.