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Will PTI ensure Tabdeeli in education?

By Ukasha Mughal

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government, as per it’s election manifesto, confronts the challenge to increase education budget, enroll 25 million out-of-school children, ensure uniform education system, introduce madrassa reforms and 100 percent literacy in the country. Prime Minister Imran Khan has constituted a task force headed by Federal Minister for education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood for establishing a uniform education system, bringing reforms to madrassa education and decreasing fees of private schools.

Punjab Minister for higher education Yasir Sarfraz humayun has said, Quality education is the priority of our government. We will accomplish all the tasks given to us by people.

On the direction of PM, he visited state guest house on Mall Road, Lahore to convert it into a research university. he said, “according to the vision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan, we will construct state-of-the-art university here. New hostels for the students will be constructed and the existing residential area will be used for faculty’s residence. He added,

A guest house in Multan will also be converted into a university.

The provincial minister will present the report of this project to prime minister as well. Punjab Minister for School education Dr. Murad Raas said holistic reforms would be introduced in the School education Department and every possible resources would be utilized to secure the future of the youth by providing them quality education. Dr. Raas said special attention would be given to provision of missing facilities in schools, as the goal of quality education cannot be achieved without provision of conducive atmosphere to students. Meanwhile, the PTI-led Punjab government has reportedly decided to gradually close the PML-N’s flagship education sector project of Danish School System. This was decided at the first meeting of the Strategic Committee on Annual Development Plan (ADP) chaired by Finance Minister Makhdoom hashim Jawan Bakht. Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, Higher Education Minister Yasir Hamayun and School Education Minister Murad Rass also attended the meeting. However, it will be a hard decision at a time when Daanish schools have stated delivering in a real sense.

This year Daanish school’ student topped in the Matriculation exam, while many students of Daanish School System have got admissions in LUMS and other prestigious institutions of the country. These facts must be taken care of while taking any policy decisions. Scraping funding to Punjab education Foundation sponsored private schools under “Parho Punjab Barho Punjab programme” is another likely decision of the PTI government. This may further increase number of out-of-school children in the province. The PTI government must formulate a comprehensive education policy instead of merely focusing on shelving the projects of PML-N for political point scoring. All decisions must reflect the vision of Imran Khan, who has time and again mentioned that education was among his top priorities.

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