The government has prepared a comprehensive plan to transform 21 higher secondary schools in erstwhile FATA into ‘Schools of Excellence’ in a bid to provide quality education to the tribal scholars and learners. According to the education department official, under ‘Standardization of Higher Secondary Schools’ project of the Federal Government, 21 higher secondary schools would soon be transformed and will provide modern educational facilities to students of the newly merged tribal districts on the lines of Quick Impact Program. The students will be educated on modern lines through the means of IT gadgets and tools and will have access to up-to-date laboratories with experienced staff and equipment.
Following the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Federal Government has accelerated their efforts pertaining to education development projects, emphasising on the rebuilding and restoration of damaged school infrastructure, along with provision of free books and establishment of more schools to increase literacy levels in the region.
The Federal Government has also accelerated work under the Quick Impact Program (QIP). “Under the programme, work on reconstruction and rehabilitation of 576 damaged educational institutions including primary, high and higher secondary’s schools is under process by Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Unit (PRU), which would soon be completed. Moreover, Free Text Books are being provided to tribal students of KG (preschool) to 10th Class costing Rs240million annually, adding this facility would financially help thousands of poor students to continue their studies free, fresh and beautiful course books. ” the official stated.
Moreover, services of Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) were extended to educational institutes of the region, in order to deal with teacher’s absenteeism. To bring more children to school, the government also launched educational intensive enrolment campaigns. In addition to it, 255 teaching staff of various categories were promoted to the positions of Subject Specialist Teacher (SST BS-16) across the district. Furthermore, the government was also planning to offer scholarship prospects to talented students of the tribal areas to continue with their higher education pursuits.