Mahmood Khan has said his government was focusing on the strengthening of fiscal base for the overall development and prosperity of the province.


The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has said his government was focusing on the strengthening of fiscal base for the overall development and prosperity of the province. None but PTI worked on generating resources focusing on the financial stability through productive sectors development and promotion of tourism in the province. Had other governments worked on it, the province would have been the most stable federating unit of the country, he added.
Mahmood Khan said the merger of new districts into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a challenge but we would overcome the merger and integration of newly merged districts of the erstwhile FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the support of the tribal elite, mashraan and people. The main focus is to streamline them in the national stream so that they could get benefit of the fruit of development. They are the equal partner in the resources of the country adding that the government, the security institutions and the masses are on one page in the restoration of peace and fighting against terrorism and he attributed the historic success against terrorism to the united struggle of all, he added.
These views he expressed in a farewell meeting with the outgoing IG Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (North) Maj. Gen. Waseem Ashraf at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. The meeting focused on the professional responsibilities of Frontier Corps, important issues, the overall law and order situation , the governance structure and the delivery and the merger of newly seven districts into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The meeting realized the multiple challenges to the new government but expressed the hope that the new political leadership would bring the country out from the quagmire of multifaceted problems. The efforts of Prime Minister Imran Khan would become fruitful, the meeting added.
The Chief Minister said that if the leadership is sincere and if they have the will to do something for the people and country, they always turn up successful adding that the nation has the resilience to stand on their own feet. Talking about the commitment of Imran Khan for the prosperity of the country and the provincial government’s plan for improving the financial position of the province, the Chief Minister said that it was the wrong of the previous governments, that the PTI government inherited in all sectors but the PTI government under the leadership of Iman Khan would show its vision to overcome all these problems. The people of the country were at the receiving end in the previous rules. Only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the PTI government efficiently delivered which the people appreciated. His government was working on resource generation to reduce dependence on the federation. We are working on the expansion of financial base of the province and improving the efficiency of productive sectors adding that a task force for tourism promotion in the province has been formed that identified 22 new tourists spots including the four new sites in Kumrat and Chitral etc that would boost the economy of the province.
Chief Minister termed the merger of erstwhile FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a historic decision and hopefully with the best planning the people of these new districts would get access to the efficient services soon. He hoped that Imran Khan would take this country to the rapid development. He said that the previous PTI provincial government laid down the foundation for good governance in the province that considerably improved education, health and other social sectors. The people of this province offered sacrifices and at the end of the day succeeded against terrorism.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has in principle agreed to the vision and initiatives of the elementary and secondary education and said that the reforms initiatives in the education sector is aimed at the quality of education and improving the educational institutions in the province for ensuring uniform education to all.
He assured extension of independent monitoring unit, teachers training program, parents – teachers council and other reforms initiatives to the newly merged districts of the erstwhile FATA. He directed that the new budget of education for any new districts would be spent on education by the concerned district education department. All district governments would have to spend 20% budget on the improvement of education and schools. He also directed for the introduction of evening shift in the schools and agreed to the proposal to train the teachers of private schools under the teachers training program and directed to plan an implementable scheme in this regard.
He was presiding over a meeting regarding reforms and 100 days plan in education sector at CM Secretariat Peshawar. Provincial Minister for Finance Taimur Saleem Jahgra, Advisor to CM on Elementary and secondary education Ziaullah Bangesh, Head of strategic support Unit Sahibzada Saeed, Secretary E&SE Mukhtiar Ahmad, Director education Fareed Khattak, Chairman Peshawar educational board Dr. Fazalur Rehman and other concerned authorities attended the meeting. The meeting was briefed about the overall reforms initiatives and 100 days plan in education sector of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The meeting was told that elementary and secondary education department is drafting a detailed education plan to be presented at the end of the 100 days. This plan included the annual budget, the targets and responsibilities etc. Special and focused efforts would be made across different six areas that included pre-primary and primary education, secondary education, effective public-private partnership, improved education management, ownership by citizens and education in tribal districts. The meeting was also briefed about the situation of health sector before and after 2013. In 2013 there were significant gaps in education service delivery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 2.46 million were out of school. 20% teachers were absent and no government led teacher training model. 47% of existing schools did not have basic facilities. No system was in place for regular monitoring of schools and provincial policy making was disconnected from district level educational delivery. In such worst condition, the PTI provincial government started its journey to reform and overhaul the education sector. An independent monitoring unit was established in 2013 due to which teacher attendance raised upto 90%. Education voucher scheme was launched in 2014. The current number of beneficiaries under voucher scheme is 1 lac and 10 Thousand. New education sector plan, merit based teacher recruitment and new student assessments at G-2 and G-5 were introduced in 2015. In 2016, online action management system was launched. Similarly in 2017 law was promulgated for free compulsory and primary and secondary education in the province. Grade one to five textbooks has also been revised in 2017 and Grade-6 to 9 textbooks were revised in 2018. New schools initiatives started and accelerated education program has also been planned. These reforms initiatives have brought about substantial improvement in education system despite increasing population, the number of out of school children has dropped by 0.5 million children. Primary education completion rate improved from 50% to 66%. More than 99% of schools are fully functional while all basic facilities are available in 75% of schools. Under advisors special initiatives, use of technology is being introduced to improve delivery of education. Different MoUs have already been signed with KP IT Board in this regard. An induction program by provincial institute of teacher education and establishment of 200 primary/secondary schools in rented buildings through E&SEF were also planned to ensure every child’s access to free and quality education. Accelerated education program would soon be started to mainstream overage children. Five Thousand playing areas in primary schools would be developed to improve school learning environment.
Mahmood Khan expressed satisfaction over the initiatives of the department and directed for more efforts to attract kids to the education. This can be done through improved facilities and standardized schooling system and the provincial government would support such initiatives, he added.
Chief Minister appreciated that now there was no ghost schools in the province and in the next five years we would focus on education in the newly merged districts where the reforms and educational initiatives would be extended. “He reminded the provincial government allocated Rs. 146 billion record resources for education in the budget”. The transparent utilization of these resources would give visible improvement in education throughout the province.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan had a meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser at the Chief Minister House Peshawar today. The meeting focused on the latest situation in the country and the issues of mutual interests also came up for discussion during the meeting. Asad Qaiser suggested a regional campus of agriculture university Peshawar in District Swabi and the restoration of Bair Gali Tourists Resort in Gadoon Swabi. The meeting also focused on the construction of a water park on 353 kanal of available land near the Indus River. The meeting is also focused on the weekly meetings on Reshakai Economic Zone in the next three months and the posting of a focal person and a task force in the Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Chief Minister agreed in principle to all these suggestions and assured to take necessary measures in this regard.


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