Free transportation facilities for girl students in KP hailed

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Pakistan Education Champions Network hailed decision to provide free transportation facilities for female students in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recently an-nounced free transportation facilities for female students.

Mehmood Khan, the Chief Minister (CM) of KP, has approved free transportation for female students attending any public sector school in the province, to increase the literacy rate of young women. Many young girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province were discouraged from continuing their education each year because of the long distances between their homes and schools and the lack of affordable transportation options for them to travel. Initially, the PTC (Parent-Teacher Council) fund would be used for a pilot project in remote areas of the prov-ince, according to the details provided by the Ele-mentary and Secondary Education Department (ESED).

In 2022 Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) through a recommendation paper and joint position paper by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women and Child Welfare & Protection Commission in their joint position paper with Paki-stan Education Champions Network emphasized the provision of free transportation for girls in the rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the survey, which was carried out as part of the BISP’s National Socio-Economic Registry census with the help of elementary and secondary school teachers, the children not attending school in the province total 4.7 million while the number of out-of-school girls in the province is 2.9 million, which amounts to 53 per cent of the total 5.4 million girl population of the same age group.

Blue Veins local not-for-profit organization working to promote and protect girls’ secondary Education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for girls says if there is no school in her village she is forced to drop out.

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