Education dept committed to increasing girls enrolment: minister

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on October 25, 2012, Pakistani female students attend a class at a government school in Peshawar. The courage of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has renewed Pakistani students' determination to learn despite the poor state of the country's education system, undermined by poverty and under attack from Islamist militants. The 15-year-old is recovering in a British hospital after the Pakistani Taliban shot her in the head in a cold-blooded murder attempt for daring to promote the right of girls to go to school. AFP PHOTO/A. MAJEED/FILES

Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that the education department is committed to increasing the enrolment of the students, and especially of girls, across the province.

This he said while talking to the media here in the Sindh Assembly Building, said a statement on Wednesday.

He admitted that in certain cases the parents of female students were reluctant to educate their daughters. In order to address their grievances, boundary walls around girls’ schools and washrooms were being built on a priority basis.

He assured that adequate resources had been allocated for enhancing student enrolment.

“We have focused on how to open closed schools and I can say with satisfaction that due to the efforts of the education department, a number of closed schools in Khairpur, Jacobabad, and other districts have been made functional”, the minister added.

He said that the PPP believes in strengthening women, and girls’ education is at the top on the party’s agenda.