Renovation of schools in KP to be completed by 2017

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The rehabilitation, renovation and standardization of 402 government higher secondary schools (GHSS) will be completed by March 2017 by the provincial government. This will come at an estimated cost of Rs4 billion, stated a handout issued on Friday.

According to the document, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak chaired a meeting at the CM’s Secretariat and assured the provision of funds and facilities. These include sports grounds, rooms, and laboratories as well as secure boundary walls.

“Out of 402 GHSSs, rehabilitation of 202 schools will be completed by February 2017 under the Hamqadam School Construction Rehabilitation Programme while another 200 schools will be standardised by March 2017,” stated the handout.

The handout quoted Minister for Education Atif Khan as saying, “A total of 123 boys and 79 girls GHSSs were selected from nine districts of the province – Mardan, Lower Dir, Peshawar, Charsadda, Haripur, Nowshera, Kohat, Abbottabad and Chitral—that are in a dilapidated condition.”

Khattak reiterated his commitment to bring government schools at par with international standards.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2015.