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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has attributed the gradual national decline to three different layers of education in the country.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has attributed the gradual national decline to three different layers of education in the country. At the moment we have public sector schooling, private sector, English medium schooling and madrasa institutions and all these go in different direction when we talk about the uniformity of education and the quality of education to become the base for national development, he added. He was addressing the 10th meeting of the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference here at Peshawar. The conference was also attended by Federal Minister of State for Education, Muhammad Baleegh ur Rehman, Pujab Education Minister Raza Eli Gilani, Azad Kashmir Education Minister Aftikhar Ali Tilani, Gilgit Baltistan Muhammad Ibrahim Senai, Senator Rozeena Khalid and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister Muhammad Atif and Mushtaq Ghani and government officials from both federal and provincial. The Chief Minister said that mainstreaming the marginalized segment of the society was even more difficult when you have different streams of education, the one for the rich, the second for the poor and the third marginalized who stand nowhere and could hardly find place in the society. He said we have come to a point where uniformity of curriculum and instruction should be taken care of in the first go, the existing standard of education, inconsistent policies for education be revisited and uniformity should be brought about, he added. Pervez Khattak said that the existing education system created a widening schism between the rich and the poor. The rich had an easy access to quality education and the poor were relegated to a system of education which guided them nowhere. Even the present system of education was the root cause of class system in the society making the rich, richer and the poor, poorer. He said his government was the first ever government that made legislation for the compulsory teaching of Nazira upto primary and Quran with translation upto higher secondary level throughout the province. This step his government took to bring the youth closer to the religion and its injunctions. Chief Minister said that his government policies were being appreciated by the whole of Pakistan because his government stood committed to the bright future of the youth. We considered the youth to be the master of their own destiny and even ruling their country in future and then no one would ever dare usurping their rights. He talked about the transparent system of governance and the elimination of intra institutions politics adding that the government sincerity led to a system of governance having inbuilt mechanism for efficient delivery. Pervez Khattak said that PTI is a force holding education to be the most important goal and to be pursued vigorously. We are investing in education which would surely pay back in terms of skilled manpower and keeping our youth at distance from all sorts of evils. The educated youth would certainly contribute positively to the society and the economy of the country, he added. Chief Minister reminded the audience that when he took over, public sector institutions were totally in disarray and education was the worst case scenario. Bringing merit and making recruitment transparently was not an easy task to do but his government was tenacious for laying down the adequate infrastructure, building additional classrooms and fulfilling other missing facilities in the government schools. It recruited 35000 teachers through NTS and totally transparent and merit based exercise was followed for the whole process. We would add another cape of ten thousands teachers and by the end of 2018 our schools would have 90% facilities. Now the teachers would get promotion on the basis of their performance and they would be responsible for the results. He also highlighted the enactment by the KP provincial assembly for regulating the private schools. What make him happy is the reality that the public sector performance has improved considerably and now could be compared with private sector schooling. A teacher to be recruited for a school would get promotion and would stay till his retirement in the same school. He did not want to waste resources on pilot projects or making unnecessary experimentation and advised other governments to stay at distance from repeating the same mistakes of wasting resources rather the investment should be made in the quality education. He directed the education department to make feasibility of such schools which were necessary and beneficial to the people. He assured that the recommendations of the conference would be incorporated in the curriculum in order to have uniformity leading to the quality education and quality teachers. Earlier, the Chief Minister cut the tape to formally inaugurate the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Sector Plan. Minister Education Muhammad Atif also addressed the gathering and highlighted the steps his department took for improvement in the education sector. Federal Minister of State for Education Muhammad Baleeghur Rehman appreciated the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for its achievements in education sector adding that these achievements should be followed by other provinces as well. ==========