People of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are bearing the brunt of militancy – Minister for Education

Peshawar, June 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education, Sardar Hussain Babak has said that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are bearing the brunt of militancy because of its nearness to border. His government was going all out to ensure access to education by all and sundry. His government’s commitment to streamlining all educational institutions will never weaken.

He was being briefed by a group of DFID team at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House Islamabad this morning. DFID is providing 203.5 million pounds to support educational sector program in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sardar Babak enumerated a number of steps; his government had taken to re-inforce the system of education in the province. Decision making process has been carried out, strict financial discipline maintained and budgetary allocation has been raised for quality education in the province, he added.

He hoped that 203.5 million pound will further improve the educational health of the province. He said the international community should forget that the province was hit hard by militancy, the entire education infrastructure dismentaled and what to talk of losses of lives, physical and psychological terms as these cannot be counted and measured. We are going with a focus approach to bring out the people and students from the traumatic condition and was the direct result of militancy, he argued.

Referring to the education sector, he added his government was working on a plan to make a true education environment, all decisions are merit based, all hurdles are removed and thus leave behind a strong educational legacy for building up of an educational society.

He said all resources are being used efficiently and judiciously. The policy is on right track and the selection process is on merit for better result, he added. His government has worked out a plan for education governance and management and the task is being accomplished.

Efforts were taken for the welfare of teachers and community role has been enhanced and hopefully greater role of teacher, parents and teaching care of allied reasons, the drop out problem could be properly addressed to, he added.

Enumerating the welfare steps of his government, he said that since the people and students are in “comma” because of militancy in the province, his government introduced a number of steps to motivate kids to educational institutions. We will make the students an asset for secure future of the country. Through education and enhanced awareness, we are close to our targets and our education policy is fast becoming a success story.

For more information, contact:
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tel: 091 921 1789

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