All-out efforts to boost literacy rate: Baligh

Conference on focusing child-friendly environ at educational institutions held

Peshawar—Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engr Baligh-ur-Rehman said here Tuesday that the government was making sustained efforts to further increase literacy rate besides promoting quality education in the country.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of a two-day provincial consultation conference on education here on Tuesday, the Minister of State said literacy rate has been increased from fifty eight to sixty percent during the last two years due to successful educational reforms, plans and comprehensive strategies adopted by the Federal Government for promoting education in the country.
The Minister informed that two million dropped out children have been readmitted in schools, which was a great achievement. Baligh-ur-Rehman said literacy and vocational centers would be opened across the country to provide technical training to youth besides preparing them for modern days’ challenges ahead. He said national curricular council has been established to suggest ways and means for uniformity in the curriculum, adding experts from all the four provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir are included in the council.
Under the Prime Minister’s Educational Reforms Programme, Montessori classes have been stared in Federal Government schools in Islamabad that would immensely help increase enrollment of students besides discouraging drop out of children and will give equally opportunities to all students irrespective of their parents financial position to get Montessori style of education. The Minister said these positive measures of the Federal Government would help bring revolution in education sector in the country.
The main objectives of the Conference were to engage policy makers to develop strategies and policies for effective implementation of suitable development goals (SDSs) besides sharing knowledge and noteworthy practices on child friendly environment, strengthen partnerships among various stake-holders.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was giving top priority to education sector both on qualitative and quantitative sides and had initiated reforms process in the areas of governance and education and its positive results can be seen soon.
Referring the PTI agenda, he said that all departments were free to take decisions in all matters purely on merit without political or external pressures, adding the government had succeeded in disbursing the available resources of the province equally and transparently among all the districts for benefits of masses. He said six class rooms and six teachers system are being introduced in primary schools besides bringing improvement in basic facilities like wash rooms, furniture, boundary walls to students in schools.—APP

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