Rationalization policy for schools announced: CM

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Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has announced promulgation of the rationalization policy for schools in five districts of the province under which, teachers in these districts would be transferred and posted in schools of their nearest places of choice and would remain their till their retirement.

The five districts selected are Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi. He was chairing a meeting about rationalization policy for schools here on Thursday. It would be later extended throughout the province.

Similarly in future recruitment of teachers would be made on school basis where they would have to perform duty till retirement and would have to show results. They would get promotions and incentives on exam result basis. 

The Chief Minister asserted that the introduction of comprehensive system for identifying ghost schools, proxy teachers and ensuring attendance is the need of the hour to bring positive changes in education sector and improve the standard of education in the province.

Chief Minister contended that owing to transparent and candid policies of PTI govt including uprooting corruption, strengthening institutions and ensuring good governance, the confidence of international community also developed. A number of EU countries and donor agencies including DFID have extended generous financial and technical support to KP govt for reforming education department besides all other sectors. 

In this respect, he vowed, his govt has adopted a well-conceived strategy. “Under this strategy we are ensuring the transparent and fruitful use of foreign aid and local resources in the same pattern like the developed countries. We have to let our people feel that their provincial govt is exploiting their resources for their real welfare and its fruitful results and targets are also achieved accordingly”, he added. 

He while expressing satisfaction over newly setup IMU, said 475 monitors have been recruited in a transparent manner through NTS, who in the short period of three months conducted survey of more than 25,000 schools of the province and collected comprehensive data including attendance of students and teachers, missing facilities including furniture, toilet and water needs. 

The chief minister appreciated the joint efforts of the Department of Education and British donor agency DFID for establishment of fool-proof system for monitoring of schools in such a short period of time and expressed the hope that it will result in bringing effective improvement. 

He said that it will not only simplify action against corrupt and incompetent elements in education sector, but will also help in improvement in standard of education. He said that before the establishment of PTI government corruption was rampant in all departments of the provincial government. 

Pervez Khattak said that PTI led coalition govt took a drastic step for improving quality of education with establishment of the Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) in education department. 

“We abolished the class based colonial system of education that was introduced by English rulers as symbol of slavery in subcontinent. We introduced unified educational system of international standard from this academic year to erase difference between the children of rich and poor and enable them to compete in all fronts equally”, he said adding that it would prove milestone to bring about educational and economic revolution in the next decade.

He was satisfied that process of recruiting 14 thousand teachers have been started out of which 8 thousand have been employed while remaining 6 thousand were also being appointed through NTS . He said 5 districts have been selected with a view to post teachers in schools of their choice where after their transfers would be stopped for good till their retirement. 

Pervez Khattak asked authorities that it would be a great achievement if we got rid of the imbroglio of posting and transfers of teachers and political interference in education department.

He said his govt would focus proper attention on fulfilling all needs of schools. He said though we faced financial constrains against deficiencies of thousands of schools in the province however after consultation with our party Chairman Imran Khan we have decided to introducing “construct school” program wherein overseas Pakistanis were being appealed to donate for construction of a school or class rooms or toilets in a school of their choice that would be spent transparently through parent teachers committees. 

Source: The Frontier Post.