PESHAWAR, June 29 (Online Int’l): Civil Society Organizations of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa extended their appreciation to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for its increased commitment and political will towards primary and secondary education, which is reflected in the education development budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021.
The KPK Government has allocated 30.3 billion, its highest ever, for settled and newly merged districts, under the education development budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. The KPK Government in order to strengthen its reformative measures to improve the access to education has allocated more funds in the development budget than the operational budget.
The allocated development funds include the following schemes: provision of missing and basic facilities, stipends, vouchers and scholarships for students, upgradation of middle-to-high and high-to-higher secondary schools, upgrading schools (boundary walls, furniture, toilets, drinking water and class rooms), recruitment of teachers at primary, middle, secondary and high secondary levels, establishment of IT labs, reconstruction of 1000 schools, construction of 300 new schools, inducting 3000 more school leaders to improve the monitoring of the province, and tablets allowance for new teachers who will join. The provision of tablet allowance for schools would be a great step by the government to strengthen the digitalized learning system.
Mr. Qamar Naseem, Education Rights Activist, stated that the COVID-19 crisis has already affected the education system and girls’ education is anticipated to have suffered more post-COVID-19 as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis.”
“Increase in the development schemes and budget by the government in this regard is highly appreciated which reflects the government’s commitment to foster the continuous improvement. Now the effective spending to the fullest should be a priority to get the maximum positive impact on education and greater results in access to education especially for girls”, he added.
Sana Ahmad, a young girls’ rights activist, said, “Civil Society Organizations now need to play their positive influencing role in helping the government to fulfil its commitment towards the effective provision of quality education and equal access by effective spending of allocated schemes in the education budget for 2020-2021.”
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