Government to spend 10.69 billion for educational uplift in ex-FATA

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  •  Planning to spend about 10.69 billion rupees on development projects, recruitment of teachers, and provision of scholarships have been completed.
  • The elementary and secondary schools would get 2.45 billion and higher education students would get scholarships worth 750 million rupees.
  • 260 million rupees would be spent on feasibility studies for establishing the new educational institutions.
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Sparked by the incidents of militancy and terrorism the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan currently, the official part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has long been facing shortcomings due to the deteriorating economy mainly because of restive law and order situation in neighboring Afghanistan.

The refugee influx has also been a kind of burden on the least developed regions of the country apart from various confrontations between the security forces and anti-state elements that displaced many locals apart from damaging the local infrastructure.

Among various promises that the government has made for the uplift of erstwhile FATA, the government has completed planning to spend around 10.69 billion PKR in education-related projects and to provide scholarships to talented and deserving students.

The promotion of education in former FATA was the topmost priority of the government for which planning to spend about 10.69 billion rupees on development projects, recruitment of teachers, and provision of scholarships at primary, secondary and higher education levels in the current financial year has been completed, official sources told APP.

According to the strategy, the elementary and secondary schools would get 2.45 billion and higher education students would get scholarships worth 750 million rupees that would enable these students to continue their education without confronting the financial cost of education.

Another 2.45 billion have been allocated to overcome the shortages of teaching staff, and for the delivery of other facilities like furniture and other missing facilities. The government would construct the four new colleges in Orakzai and South Waziristan including two girls colleges.

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260 million rupees would be spent on feasibility studies for establishing the new educational institutions including the new cadet college for North Waziristan and a full-fledged university.

The government aspires to establish an educational city in South Waziristan, the report added, where modern educational institutes would be established to provide quality education services to the students inhabiting the tribal locations. Various development projects costing Rs 1.81 billion are also on the cards to promote higher education in ex-FATA.

A comprehensive plan has been made by the government to convert 21 higher secondary schools into ‘Schools of Excellence’ in former FATA with the aim of providing all modern facilities to tribal residents at their doorsteps. The students will be educated in line with the modern criteria accompanied by different IT tools and gadgets. The provision of experienced staff, access to up-to-date laboratories and equipment will also be facilitated. The rehabilitation of damaged educational institutions would soon be completed under the supervision of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Unit.

The free-text book facility to the students up to the matriculation level would cost 240 million annually. Also, the monitoring and implementation unit would deal with the teachers’ absentees.

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