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Bacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation was organised a educational conference

Peshawar: Participants at an educational conference were of the view on Thursday that it was time to reform the education system to root out extremism and violence from the society and meet the challenges confronting the province.

The conference was organised by the Bacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation (BKTEF) and its objectives were to represent the perspective of each significant stakeholder in the education sector; to identify challenges and bottlenecks in the existing education system at the policy and implementation level and to define clear goals and adopt a holistic approach in meeting those goals.

A cross-section of people including those associated with the education sector underlined the need for quality education and provision of basic facilities in educational institutions; spending annual development funds on education instead of building new schools; teachers' training to give quality education; introduction of new teaching techniques and examination system.

In his welcome note, Chairman BKTEF Senator Afrasiab Khattak slammed the Kalashnikov culture emerging in Afghan conflict in late 70s in the region.

"We have to reform education system to end violence," said the peace envoy of the NWFP government. He said people would have to adopt Bacha Khan's philosophy of non-violence, peace and human rights and promote education. "We'll never compromise over girls' and children's education come what may," said the senator. Khattak underscored the need for quality education.

Highlighting the steps the NWFP government has taken during the past one year, Minister for Higher Education Qazi Muhammad Asad said his government prioritised the promotion of grade-17 and 18 officials. "That was a big problem and we did it in one year," he said. Asad said officials in other grades would soon be promoted. He said the government wanted to provide accommodation to teachers at reasonable rates and for that purpose, it was building colonies. The minister said technical education was expensive and there was shortage of polytechnics. Asad said the government was establishing polytechnics at Peshawar and Haripur and would set up more in other cities.

The minister said the government would establish 20 new colleges this year and would provide digital library facilities in educational institutions. He said the provincial government was setting up Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan and an Act in this regard would soon come. He said the government was also making efforts to establish a university in Swabi.
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