A recent government review has ranked provincial capital Peshawar second worst performing district in the province in terms of improving education, coming only second to Kohistan (as of May 2018).
According to the KP-ESED (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department) District Performance Evaluation System (DPES), a monthly ranking of all the districts evaluated on the basis of a set of indicators, Kohistan is ranked the lowest with a score of 63.25.
It is followed by Peshawar with a score of 64.41. Banu and Dera Ismail Khan follow for a third and fourth spot with a score of 72.14 and 72.18 respectively.
Collaborating with DFID, ESED has worked out a quantitative index to calculate results of all districts based on twenty indicators. These indicators include teachers’ attendance in schools, optimal student-teacher ratio, delivery of furniture, percentage of functional PTCs, percentage of actions on online action Management System, percentage of provision of stipends, provision of textbooks to students, enrollment, progress on development projects in schools, attendance rate, and student learning outcomes in the fifth and tenth grades.
However, the report found a substantial increase in overall performance of districts for the month of May.
Lower Dir ranked number one with a score of 79.1. It was followed by Swabi and Malakand with a score of 77. Torghar stood at fifth with a score of 76.5.
The objective of the evaluation is to asses district performance on the indicators to improve inter-district learning and accelerate performance. The evaluation has shown critical analysis and significant development as per the indicators.
It has shown an upsurge in SQMI visits completed by 37 percent, the percentage of playgrounds established rose by two percent, provision of furniture items by 12 percent, provision of girls stipend increased by 64 percent and percentage of online actions completed increased by five percent.
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