CHARSADDA: Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti said on Thursday the provincial coalition government led by the Awami National Party (ANP) had fulfilled the dream of late Bacha Khan to educate the Pakhtuns by establishing a network of educational institutions in the province.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. The chief minister termed the establishment of seven universities in a short span of time an unprecedented achievement of the provincial government. He said the ANP-led provincial coalition had fulfilled its promise of equipping the people with education.
ANP’s president Asfandyar Wali Khan inaugurated the university. Begum Nasim Wali Khan and other leaders of the party were also present on the occasion.The chief minister said his party had fulfilled the longstanding demand of the people of the district. He said the university had been established on 200 kanal of land and would be expanded to 800 kanal.
He said Rs650 million had been allocated for the first phase of the university with an additional Rs280 million for this year. Besides, several colleges have also been established in the district, he added.
“There were 10 universities in the province when we came into power and the ANP-led provincial government established seven more universities throughout the province,” he said.He said the number of colleges in the province had reached 270 as 18 colleges are under construction.
Ameer Haider Hoti said the provincial government took various steps to improve the standard of education and these including introduction of BS programme in 53 colleges.“Efforts are also underway for welfare of teachers who will be given an additional Rs1.5 billion apart from approving the four-tier formula for their welfare,” he said.
He said 500 primary schools were established, 470 schools were upgraded to middle, 470 middle to high level and 270 high schools to higher secondary level. He said that Rokhana Pakhtunkhwa Programme was launched for the students of areas lacking government schools. He said the government would bear educational expanses of the students enrolled in 500 private schools in those areas.
He said a conditional grant of Rs1 billion would be utilised through Parents-Teachers Councils for provision of basic facilities in primary schools. Earlier Vice Chancellor Bacha Khan University, Dr Fazal Rahim Marwat, presented the welcome address.