Reward, punishment policy yielding positive results: Khattak

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Improving students enrolment in KP govt schools

Traiq Saeed

Peshawar

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak Thursday said his government introduced a policy of reward and punishment based on performance that resulted into the increase in enrolment in the schools, presence of teachers and quality of education in the province. The KP government constructed and covered the missing facilities in the schools and simultaneously launched mandatory training courses for the teachers. He was addressing the Inaugural ceremony of Best Performing Principals, Headmasters and Teachers Incentive Awards here.
In the past, punishment to the teacher was there but there was no reward therefore his government started awarding best performing principals, headmasters and teachers in 2014 with an amount of Rs 55 million. Next year, the same award was given to 4800 teachers in order to improve the performance of teachers that resulted into the increase in enrolement, good result of students and presence of teachers and students in the schools, he added. We need an examination system that encourages free and creative thinking rather than rote-learning. We need to eliminate cheating and unfair means and most important of all, we need better teachers and better teaching, Teachers that are selected from the best lot.
He said in addition to providing physical infrastructure, 35,000 more competent teachers had been recruited through a merit-based, impartial and unbiased process. Our government is now focusing sharply on the improvement of the quality of education. Our efforts are now centered around what goes on inside a classroom, between a teacher and the students. The KP Government provided missing infrastructure in 20,000 schools by involving communities and parents in the construction of missing facilities thus spending the highest percentage of the budget on education among all provinces, he added,
Unfortunately, ‘we inherited a weak educational system that failed to respond to the challenges of the present day’ adding in the past, system was used by those in power. They mercilessly used institutions for their own motives and they did nothing for the nation. Class based education system protected the interest of the haves and the have-nots were at the receiving end, he argued. He said bringing to school those children who are forced by circumstances to work in the fields, streets, homes and workshops was also part of his broader policy for education.
Large number of children either never enroll in schools or drop out too early, particularly girls therefore his government in the province conducted a census exclusively focusing on out-of-school-children to know the location of each out-of-school-child and the reason of being out of school. He assured his government will arrange funds to bring these girls and boys to schools adding the government would provide conditions to make education attractive and accessible for them and their parents.

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