Govt to bring number of out of school children in ICT to zero by June this year: NA

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ISLAMABAD
Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Rana Tanveer Hussain has expressed government’s resolve to bring the number of out of school children in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to zero by June this year.
Replying to a question during the Question Hour in the National Assembly on Friday, he said there are around seventy thousand out of school children in the federal capital and every effort will be made to enroll these children.
He said the government has also started Schools on Wheels initiative in Islamabad to provide education to the children of rural areas. He said under this initiative, state of the art buses equipped with necessary facilities including toilet are sent to rural areas.
Replying to a question, he said the federal government, on the direction of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, is also planning to provide Schools on Wheels facility to the children of flood-affected areas of the Balochistan and Sindh.
The Minister said the government has also undertaken accelerated learning programme with the cooperation of the United Kingdom to enhance literacy rate in the country. He further said we have also started tele-schools and focusing on distance learning.
He said on the directives of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the ministry was also planning to provide such mobile buses facility to the children of flood-affected areas of the Balochistan and Sindh. Even the World Bank (WB) had also appreciated the government’s initiative, besides assuring provision of 30 buses for the noble cause, he added.
He said the WB also intended to introduce such system in Africa. The ministry was ready to assist other provinces if the provincial governments provided buses, he said. He said the government had also stared the tele school system, besides focusing on distance learning.
It had also undertaken accelerated learning programme with the cooperation of the United Kingdom to enhance literacy rate in the country, he added. To another question, he said 0.8 per cent increase was recorded in the literacy rate in last nine months.
Later, the chair referred the matter to the standing committee concerned for detailed deliberations. The House will now meet again on Wednesday at 4.p.m.