Tall ambitions: ‘All schools to be furnished by June 2015’

Published: December 15, 2014
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The All Primary Schoolteachers Association President Malik Khalid Khan appreciated the move and said the decision will bear fruit only when the resources are properly utilised. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

The All Primary Schoolteachers Association President Malik Khalid Khan appreciated the move and said the decision will bear fruit only when the resources are properly utilised. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government aims to equip all government primary and secondary schools in the province with furniture by June 2015.

While talking to The Express Tribune, K-P Elementary and Secondary Education Deputy Director Abdul Shakoor Khan claimed, in its efforts to revamp state schools, the government has bought furniture worth Rs2.5 billion. This includes desks, chairs, tables and benches which the department plans to provide to all government primary, middle, and secondary schools in K-P.

Khan said for the first time a government has decided to address the issue on such a scale. “Within six months, not a school will look dilapidated in K-P,” he said.

State of affairs

Around 80% of  the 28,319 government schools across the province lack the most basic facilities, including furniture, sanitation and boundary walls. Children are forced to sit on bare floor or on jute mats in several schools.

While talking to The Express Tribune, an official of the education department said this factor is a major contributor towards the high dropout rate. “Attendance is extremely low at schools like these.” He added, “Children hardly take any interest in studies. They either bunk or leave school in only an hour or two.”

The All Primary Schoolteachers Association President Malik Khalid Khan appreciated the move and said the decision will bear fruit only when the resources are properly utilised.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Ayi Ayi
    Dec 15, 2014 - 1:11AM

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. At least for once in Pakistani history a provincial govt has decided to furnish all its schools. InshaAllah they’ll succeed

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  • Dr Ahsan
    Dec 15, 2014 - 1:16AM

    Love u IK…

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  • Mamu
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:55AM

    May Allah guide you and help you IK. You will get thousands of blessings from the poor people and it is worth much more than all the wealth Nawaz is collecting.

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  • roarwali
    Dec 15, 2014 - 6:14PM

    Wish you best of luck KP government! you are the last hope of the people in the political arena.

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