Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education, Mohammad Atif Khan has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) unlike others is focused on strengthening institutions. He was expressing his views in a live talk show of Pakhtunkhwa Radio Peshawar here on Tuesday.
He said that the most important and valued gift, one can give to a nation is the education adding that PTI led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been allocating unprecedented funds to education sector. “We don’t believe in lips service rather our commitment and dedication is very much visible in form of our solid and concrete steps”, he claimed.
About teacher’s performance, Mohammad Atif Khan said that there were some unwilling workers in schools, however, added that their issue had been resolved through independent monitoring system.
To a question about damaged schools, the Minister explained some hundreds schools got totally damaged during the recent earthquake where as some 1000 schools got partially damaged. “We have merged various schools to accommodate students of damaged schools whereas in some areas some of the schools have been shifted to rented buildings till the damaged buildings are repaired”.
About street children, the Minister said that government was committed to provide better education and sports facilities to the children. He said that 23000 teachers had been trained last year whereas 23000 more were being trained this year. He went on saying that 12000 teachers had been recruited purely on merit whereas 10000 more will be appointed, which is a glaring example of our commitment to improved education.
Atif Khan said that performing teachers were being awarded with cash prizes and tablets whereas cases against 7500 unwilling teachers had been initiated. About provision of facilities to schools he said that boundary walls in 6700 schools, clean drinking water to 3500 schools, 4000 extra rooms, furniture worth 63 crores, 600 school labs and IT labs, in government schools were the steps that reflects PTI’s commitment and sincerity.
“We have not been successful in bringing about the desired changes but we are on the track to give more and more relief to the masses”, he concluded.