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No improvement in NWFP education system
« on: July 07, 2008, 01:45:22 PM »
No improvement in NWFP education system

Peshawar: There seems to be no visible improvement in the provincial education system though it was one of the priorities of all the past governments, which allocated massive funds for development of this vital sector.

There is a shortage of school buildings throughout the province. Most of those that do exist are in a shambles and lack basic facilities such as electricity, drinking water and furniture .

Majority of primary schools, particularly in rural areas, are located at faraway places and the children have to walk to schools in rough weathers. In many rural areas, influential people are also using school buildings as hujras (guesthouses).

Shortage of staff, absence of qualified teachers, absenting teachers, ghost schools, faulty service structure, late promotions and appointments on political basis vividly explain how poor the provincial education system is.

Education is also one of the priorities of the new coalition government that has earmarked Rs 5.5 billion in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2008-09 for 88 projects out of which 57 are ongoing while the remaining 31 are new ones.

The provincial government plans to establish 200 primary schools and provide furniture and equipment to the existing ones.

Female students from class 6 to 10 will get Rs 200 monthly stipend in all the 24 districts of the province. Earlier, this facility was limited to only 7 districts and now the coalition government has extended it to other districts.

Around 100 primary schools would be upgraded to the middle level and 100 middle schools to the high level. Besides, 20 government colleges would also be established.

The government will build boundary walls of 121 schools, supply water to 129 schools, establish washrooms at 139 schools and provide drinking water to various colleges.

Under the ADP, cluster hostels for teachers and students will be constructed in various backward areas of the province in addition to giving quality education and training to 25,000 teachers.

The government plans to establish science, information technology and postgraduate blocks in various government colleges besides provision of furniture and sports gears for government colleges.

Introduction of an additional shift in government colleges and provision of a day-care centre and transport facilities in women colleges is also a target of the ADP.

The provincial government also plans to improve, repair and rehabilitate the state of public libraries. Establishment of a new university in Mardan and an Islamic university in Swat is another target of the coalition government. Free education and books from primary to intermediate level is also part of the ADP.

SOS villages for orphans and those deprived of education will be set up at various places to make these children useful citizens.

Scores of development programmes with massive funding are launched every year in the education sector but there appears to be no improvement in the system that is full of flaws.
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