The Balochistan government has decided to upgrade seven higher secondary schools and 80 model and high schools, along with activating 1,800 non-functional schools in the province, in a bid to educate more and more children.

Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan. Unfortunately, around 60-70 percent of children in Balochistan the primary and secondary age group are reported to be out of school. More girls than boys are out of school: 78 and 63 percent respectively.

Provincial Minister for Information and Finance Zahoor Buledi held a meeting on Wednesday and reviewed the condition of government-administered schools in Balochistan. The minister in the meeting approved up gradation of 149 government schools and promised to make 800 non-functional schools operational in Balochistan.

“Following the education emergency announced by the government we have been keenly focusing on the education sector, and ensuring a quality education environment remains our priority,” Buledi said at the meeting.

Unfortunately, he added that the previous governments failed in emphasizing the problems of the education sector which affected the stature of the department but “we have been utilizing all resources to revamp the education structure”.

Adviser to the chief minister for education Mohammad Khan Lehri, MPA Lala Abdul Rasheed and education officials also attended the meeting.

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