Student enrollment campaign continues in FATA

(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


A special campaign for enrollment of tribal students was started in FATA where 200,000 children would be admitted in schools during the ongoing drive that would continue till May 31.

FATA Education Department officials told the agency on Wednesday that a target of enrolling 200,000 students was set for an ongoing campaign, which began on April 8.

The official said directives have been issued to the concerned authorities in all the agencies and frontier regions to ensure admission of street children in schools during this campaign. The admitted students would be provided free books from primary to class 10th.

The official said the implementation of Free and Compulsory Education Act 2012 has been started with a prime focus to increase enrollment of the students.

The government has setup 142 accelerating learning schools for 6,000 students besides setting up FATA Endowment Fund for the provision of scholarships to intelligent students of the tribal areas.

To provide a comfortable atmosphere to students, he said additional class rooms were built in 282 schools, besides IT labs and provision of furniture.

To provide quality education services to the students, the country’s top private educational systems like Beaconhouse, City schools has been allowed to open their branches in the region.

The government has also setup a university, cadet colleges and Governor Model Schools besides starting BS programme in seven degree colleges to provide quality higher education facilities to the students.

Free books to students from primary to 10th class and installation of solar system at schools for provision of uninterrupted power supply would help promote education.