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‘Lack of students’: KP govt closes 71 schools in Peshawar

'Lack of students': KP govt closes 71 schools in Peshawar

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) assembly was informed that a total of 71 schools are closed in Peshawar district “due to low number of students”.

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) assembly was informed that 71 schools are closed in Peshawar district “due to low number of students”.

The details provided in response to the question raised by the Awami National Party lawmaker, the closed schools include 24 boys and 47 girls’ schools. According to the education department, the schools were closed during the previous government. The closed schools include 64 primary and seven middle schools.

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After making its previous government in the province, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had declared education and health emergency in the province. The government had claimed to bring students back to schools by providing them all possible facilities at government-run schools. However, despite, the passage of eight years, there has been no positive change in the condition of schools, neither the drop out ratio could be reduced.

According to documents, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Department has locked 71 government schools in Peshawar district alone, citing the low number of students. The documents further informed that the KP government has allocated more than Rs200 billion for the promotion of education during the current financial year.

According to the budget, this year the government has committed to build, rehabilitate and upgrade more than 2100 schools across the province. The government has claimed that the measures would enhance the capacity of existing schools and would be able to accommodate 120,000 more children. In addition, the government claimed that 20,000 teachers will be recruited for 3,000 schools.

The provincial government has set aside more than Rs27.56 billion for higher education during the current financial year.

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