KP govt gives top priority to education sector: CM Khattak

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ABBOTTABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak said on Sunday that the provincial government has given special priority to education sector and established seven universities, three medical colleges and 70 colleges in the province. He said this while addressing annual parents day of Pine Hills College Abbottabad.

On the occasion, Khattak said that PC I for Abbottabad bypass was ready and soon its construction would start for the redressal of traffic issues in the city. He said that the proposal of medical university in Abbottabad was also under consideration, adding that he had also directed the health department to prepare the feasibility report in this connection.

He said that the KP government had increased the budget of education sector up to 28 percent of the total fiscal budget, which was a landmark in the country.

Talking about provision of world-class education facilities, Khattak said that we would have to establish the same system for every citizen to elevate Pakistan in the international arena, otherwise we would remain in the same position.

He said that when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took over the charge of the provincial government, the education sector was destroyed as 50 per cent of the schools did not have furniture or basic facilities, while science and information technology laboratories were not present in schools. We focused on the development of the education sector and provided them all basic facilities to compete with the rest of the world, he added.

Khattak further said that his government had also ensured political intervention in the institutions and now they were working in a better way.

Moreover, CM Khattak said that private educational institutions were also playing their role in the development of education sector, in collaboration with the public sector.

PTI Member National Assembly Dr Azhar Jadoon, Advisor to CM Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, KP Food Minister Qalandar Khan Lodhi, KP Excise and Taxation Minister Mian Jamshed Kakakhel, and Abbottabad Dadek Committee Chairman Sardar Muhammad Idrees, were also present in the gathering.