The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education, Mohammad Atif Khan has said that regarding education sector reforms they are open to suggestions and proposals from everyone as they are committed to improve the standard of education on the one hand and reach every segment of society on the other.
Talking to the Ambassador of Norway in Islamabad, Cecilie Landsverk, on Monday, the minister said that they wanted to impart trainings to the teachers in the province on modern lines but in this respect overlapping and duplications would also be eradicated so that the resources so appropriated both from the national exchequer and the donors were utilized for the optimum benefit of the people at large.
Regarding the importance PTI was attaching to Education, the Minister Education revealed that just the other day when PTI Chairman Imran Khan visited Peshawar the only two departments about which he sought detailed briefings were Education and Health. On the other hand, he said that their Party Chairman were personally inquiring about progress on reforms in the education department every alternative day.
The Minister Education also stated modern technology would be fully utilized for the promotion of education in the province while the curricula would be brought to the demands of the modern day so that the educated youth was not faced with unemployment and their services and energies were best utilized for the welfare of the nation.
The Education Minister appreciated the assistance of the Norwegian people and government and expressed the hope that such assistance would not only be continue but also increased in future. It is worth-mentioning that since 1980 Norway has been providing different types of assistance to the province of KP for the promotion of education which included text books, teachers training and provision of basic amenities in different schools and educational institutions. At the moment Norway is providing a sum of 75 million for provision of basic amenities in different schools of the province. It had also rehabilitated hundreds flood affected schools in the province.
Besides others Secretary Elementary and Secondary Education KP Joudat Ayaz and Director ESRU (Education Sector Reforms Unit) KP Riaz Bahar were also present in the meeting. The Ambassador of Norway assured that their government would continue to support the efforts of the KP government in providing education facilities to the people in the province and improve the standard of education there.