KP edu spending remains below line

Peshawar—Despite claiming the education as top most priority of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and imposition of emergency in the sector, the PTI-led provincial set up could only spend Rs 4 billion in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year out of a total allocated amount of over Rs 15 billion.
According to official documents, the provincial government had allocated an amount of Rs 15.9875 billion during the current fiscal year for education sector for around 200 projects including setting up of 100 new girls schools, up-gradation of high schools, establishment of IT laboratories. The official data, that presents a bleak picture of the government’s emergency in education sector, revealed that the provincial government only released Rs 8.1141 billion out of the total allocation for the sector.
The education department, on the other hand could only spend Rs 4.8827 billion out of the released amount thus depicting the apathy of the department. The data further revealed that a sum of Rs 2.750 million were released for construction and up-gradation of 50 primary and 40 middle schools under Education Sector Reforms Program, but the department could spend only Rs 777,000 while the project to setup IT laboratories could not be initiated.
Similarly, an amount of Rs 74.965 million was released for purchase of schools’ furniture but not a single penny was spent for the purpose it said adding that out of an allocated amount of Rs 8 million for upgradation of 100 high schools across the province, the department spent Rs 24.584 million.
Against the released amount of Rs 15 million for rehabilitation and up-gradation of primary and high schools only Rs 3.25 million could be utilized thus leaving hundreds of schools in far flung areas without boundary walls and other basic facilities.
Similarly, one million were allocated for construction of 100 examination halls at high and high secondary schools and Rs 5 million were separately allocated for halls at high schools, Rs 17.0 million were allocated for up-gradation of 100 high schools to higher secondary schools, Rs 15 billion were allocated for construction of 100 girls primary schools and 50 boys schools but not a single penny could be spent in any of such projects.—APP

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