Drive launched to enroll 8 lakh out of school children in KP

PESHAWAR: Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday launched a campaign to enroll 800,000 out-of-school children in the province this year.

A ceremony in this regard was held at Government Saheed Osama Higher Secondary School, City-2. Provincial education minister Shahram Khan Tarakai was the chief guest on the occasion.

He gave free textbooks and school bags to the newly enrolled children to launch a province-wide drive.

Shahram Khan has directed all district education officers to increase student enrolment in their respective zones.

He said that the provision of education to children was a shared responsibility and each individual of the society, especially the parents, should play a proactive role in this regard.

He said education was a key to national prosperity and progress, adding that the goal of sustainable development could be achieved by equipping every child with a basic right to education.

He said that the government was taking solid steps for the promotion of education in the country, adding that the introduction of a uniform education system was one of the major achievements of the government and it would put an end to status-based education.

Tarakai said that a hefty amount of Rs 3 billion had been allocated in the budget to provide furniture to all schools across the province.

He said that the E-transfer policy had been introduced to ensure transparency and merit in the transfer case of teachers, adding that under the policy a right teacher would have the right position.

He said that all arrangements had been made to start double-shift classes in the first phase at selected schools of KP which would help equip maximum children with quality education besides facilitating parents and students from far-flung areas.

He said that the KP government would provide 7000 Rehmatul Lil Alameen Scholarship to assist the students from all the public sectors on merit. – APP