KP Govt paying special attention to female education: Shahram


PESHAWAR, Jan 19 (APP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Shahram Khan Taraqai Tuesday said the provincial government was paying special attention to promote female education in the province and for the purpose different initiatives have been taken.

Talking to media here during his visit to Lady Grifth School Peshawar, he said the government has set up new schools across the province to increase female literacy rate, adding that monthly stipends are also being given to female students to encourage poor people to send their female children to school.

Referring to opening of schools in the province, he said as per the decision of National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) the educational activities from class 9 to 12 have resumed across KP under strict implementation of COVID-19 SOPs.

He urged parents, teachers and students to strictly follow the SOPs as a responsible citizen and help the government in this war against the pandemic, adding that the remaining classes from Nursery to Grade-VIII would also be opened as per the schedule and as per the guidelines of the health department.

Shahram said that testing and screening of teachers and students against corona infection would continue and measures are being taken to increase the testing facilities.

He said that all basic items including sanitizer, soap and other necessary things would be provided to schools soon while students would be bound to bring and wear face masks from home.

Referring to teachers’ issues, the Minister assured that the problems of IT and other cadres’ teachers would be resolved on priority basis. He directed the education department to work on service structure for the SST and IT teachers.

The Minister said that this year furniture for 500,000 students of government schools would be provided by June which would cost over Rs 3 billion.

To a question he said that this year the students would not be promoted without appearing in the annual examinations for which the education department has already prepared plan.