Opposition slams PTI govt for shutting down primary schools

Peshawar

The opposition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday criticized the PTI government for evolving a weak educational policy causing decline in literary ratio in the province. Parliamentary leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sardar Auragzeb Nalota through a calling attention notice drew attention of the house towards closure of primary schools having below 50 students.
He said on one hand the government was claiming to have imposed education emergency in the province and on the other schools were being closed, which was great injustice to the people. It was a conspiracy to deprive the children of the poor of getting education, he added.
Education minister Muhammad Atif Khan told the house that primary schools situated at a distance of two kilometers from each other were being closed, which helped the government save Rs 190 million last year. He claimed that some 34,000 children studying in private schools had been shifted to the government-run schools.
To a question by Amna Sardar of PML-N, the minister said hundreds of schools were damaged in Hazara division due to the 2005 devastating earthquake. Since those schools were to be constructed by the ERRA, which had not provided funds for the purpose as yet, he added.
Replying to another question, the house was informed that there were 4,920 boys and 2,558 girls primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools in Hazara division. To another query, the minister said as per the laid down government rules, there was 10 per cent job quota fixed for women in all the educational boards of the province.—APP

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