Minister blames predecessors for ignoring education

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Staff reporter

Peshawar—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan on Tuesday said the previous governments in the province totally ignored the education sector and responsible for backwardness in KP.
He said that past governments allocated meagre amount for education sector keeping the people of far flung areas deprive of education, adding unlike the previous governments in the province the current government spent around Rs.18 billions to plug the loopholes in the education sector.
He said a huge amount has been allocated for the betterment of the schools performance and resolving decade long issues of the province. The Minister was addressing a convention of Parent Teacher Council (PTC) role in education sector organized by Alif Ailaan here at Government Higher Secondary School No 4 Mardan.
The education minister lauded the merit based induction of the competent and qualified teachers and said that merit has taken the center stage in the recruitment policy of the PTI.
Around 50,000 teachers have been hired under the meritorious policy of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government that would have positive impact on the region to improve its literacy rate, he added.
Atif said that innovation and novel ways have been adopted in the province to boost the capacity building of the teachers’ community and improve the learning activities at the government schools.
He said that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with British Council and 83,000 teachers would be trained at a cost of Rs 500 millions, adding the provincial government would bear 70 percent expenditure of the training cost and 30 percent to be paid by the British Council.
The Minister warned teachers’ community to concentrate on the training procedure as the government after spending millions would evaluate the teacher pre and post training performance at the schools.
He urged the participants on the occasion to evaluate PTI government performance on the basis of its education friendly policies and volume of fund being spent for the sector.