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KP govt’s enrolment drive to prove a success, says official

PESHAWAR: A senior official has said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s enrolment campaign would prove a milestone to get each and every child of the province into the school.

“Our target is zero children out of school,” said Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) Secretary Joudat Ayaz while talking to the officials of Education Department and representatives of national and international non-governmental organisations at the Pakhtunkhwa House in Islamabad on Saturday.

The meeting was aimed at getting input and support of the civil society organisations and experts in the field of education to make the enrolment drive a success set for September 8 in connection with International Literacy Day.

“This time, we will refrain from doing stereotype things we have been witnessing for the last six decades. We, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, are committed to

taking some sustainable steps to improve literacy rate in our province,” he said, adding that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman has shown his willingness to be a part of this campaign as well.

He added that it would not be a single-party venture, but all the political forces must become part of this national cause.The provincial secretary told the meeting that roughly 1.5 to 2 million kids, within 5-9 years age bracket, are out of schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and even targeting 30 percent of them would bring 0.5 million children to schools.

“As far as infrastructure is concerned, we will have to use technology and management data to better allocate students as some schools are under utilised while others have less capacity so we can accommodate another 20 to 30 percent students using the same schools,” he said.An average 272 students are accommodated in a school in Punjab while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the average of students in a school is 136, he added.

A well-devised monitoring mechanism would be put in place to keep a close eye on the dropouts and a competitive rating system shall be put in place to encourage a healthy competition within districts as best performing districts and their DEOs would be recognised, he said. Joudat Ayaz further added that strict measures would be taken to put a permanent damper on corporal punishment to ensure that no child leaves school because of this very reason.