PESHAWAR, 7 December: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to declare school education mandatory for all the children of the province.

Decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting chaired the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in Peshawar on Sunday. Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Education Minister Atif Khan, CM’s adviser Mushtaq Ghani and representative of Department for International Development, a UK-based organisation, attended the meeting.

According to a handout of the Chief Minister House, the meeting decided to present three bills in the assembly regarding promotion of education. One of these bills will be about declaring school education mandatory for every child and regularising private educational institutions. The bill will also introduce new procedure of teachers’ appointment in government schools under which local teachers will be appointed in educational institutions.

It was also decided that classes in the Women University in Mardan will be commenced from March next year and Universities Model Act will also be implemented soon. The handout said the implementation of the Act will improve system of administration in the universities.

Imran Khan asked the provincial government to take steps for making the college-level educational institutions fully autonomous. He stressed the need for strengthening the Higher Education Department at the strategic level to ensure that skills of graduates are highly employable.

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