The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Parvez Khattak distributed cash awards among 1680 teachers of the province in an attempt to encourage and motivate them towards better performance and service delivery.
Based on data received from Independent Monitoring Units, 240 best performing schools were selected from all over the province. Their selection was carried out on indicators such as increase in enrolments, participation in matric exams, examination results score, teachers and student’s presence rate.
Government Centennial Model School for Girls Bannu was ranked first followed by Government Girls High School Chitral and Government High School for girls in Malakand.
While addressing the participants at the World Teacher’s day ceremony at Chief Minister House, Parvez Khattak lauded the efforts of teachers and stated that the present government is focused towards development of the education sector in the province.
He added that the government believes in devolution of powers to the lower level and efforts are currently under way to empower principals and teachers at schools in decision making and management of their schools. Moreover, policies are being framed to provide time scale for teachers and ensure promotion at their schools.
While discussing the reforms initiatives of the present government, the Chief Minister added that Rs 30 Billion have spent so far to meet the missing facilities in schools whereas Rs. 13-14 Billion have been provided to parent teacher’s council for development of education in the province.
Commenting on the shortage of teachers, the chief minister added that 13,000 class rooms have been constructed and 35,000 teachers have been recruited throughout the province to raise the standards of imparting education.
Parvez Khattak added that, “we have ensured that teachers are hired on merit. Equal opportunity in education is the only way to eliminate discrimination and ensure provision of uniform developmental opportunities to our children.”
Besides providing awards for motivating teachers, the government has also issued punitive notices to over 200 teachers in the province whose performance, according to IMU reports, were termed unsatisfactory.
“We believe in awarding teachers who excel in teaching and punishing those who are not sincere towards their duties,” Parvez Khattak.
Contributed by Hassan Ali