Around Rs. 8,753.607 million have been earmarked to execute 35 educational development schemes during forthcoming fiscal year which would help improve quality of education and increase enrollment and retention. These development schemes also include 20 new projects and focus would remain on establishment, strengthening and rehabilitation of schools and colleges in Capital, literacy, scholarships and training and capacity building of teachers and education managers.
An Annual Development Plan for next fiscal year has revealed that Rs. 3,704.486 million had been earmarked for 25 schemes relating to establishment, uplifting, strengthening and rehabilitation of schools and colleges in Capital. The total cost of 25 schemes is Rs. 19717.215 million. Similarly, for training and capacity building of teachers and education managers, five schemes had been planned for which Rs. 149.121 million had been earmarked. Total cost of these schemes is Rs. 2,334.905 million. The data further revealed that three literacy schemes planned to be implemented during next fiscal year for which Rs. 2,800 million had been allocated. Total cost of these schemes is Rs. 14,346.048 million.
Under scholarships domain, Rs. 2,100 million have been earmarked for executing two schemes. Total cost of these schemes is Rs. 13,417.004 million. The ADP further showed that development schemes – Establishment of Smart Schools will also be implemented through Information Technology (IT) based blended learning to increase analytical and cognitive skills while “Renovation/Rehabilitation of physical infrastructure of 200 Educational Institutions under Prime Minister’s Education Sector Reforms Programme in ICT, Islamabad” is under implementation.
The objective of project is to provide missing physical facilities in public sector institutions of Islamabad to create student friendly environment. The project titled “Mainstreaming of Madaris” is under implementation to mainstream the Madaris students with formal education so that they could prove themselves more productive for the society. Examination system of Pakistan up to Intermediate level needs improvements and some critical changes and reforms. For this objective a project titled, “Modernization and standardization of examination system” is under implementation. The same project is under consideration to replicate in all boards of education in Pakistan under Federal PSDP with title “Standardization of National Examination System in the Country” to modernize and standardize the examination system. A state of the art “National Teachers Training Institute” is under consideration to be established in Islamabad for training of teachers.
A project titled, “Capacity building of Education Managers” will be implemented. The objective of this project is to enhance knowledge and skills of 350 Education Managers/Officers of five selected districts of four Provinces i.e. Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Tando Muhammad Khan, Kohistan and Dera Bughti in fields of Educational Planning, Office Management, and Financial Management. Under the Prime Minister’s Directive, a project titled “Provision of Quality Education Opportunities to students of Balochistan and FATA is under consideration.—APP