PESHAWAR, 31 October: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government  has earmarked Rs 4 billion to  renovate and construct basic facilities in 402 government higher secondary schools (GHSSs) by March 2017.

In this regard, a high level meeting headed by Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak held in Peshawar on Friday. Provincial education minister Mohammad Atif Khan, special assistant to the chief minister for information and higher education Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, secretary education Ali Raza Bhutta and others attended the meeting.

Education Minister Atif Khan told the meeting that a total of 123 boys and 79 girls GHSSs were selected in the nine districts for rehabilitation which were found in dilapidated condition in terms of building, accommodation and educational facilities.
Of these schools, 35 are located in Mardan district, 31 each in Peshawar and Lower Dir districts, 25 in Abbottabad, 22 in Charsadda, 19 in Haripur, 18 in Nowshera, 17 in Kohat and four in Chitral district.

A total of 1,134 classrooms, 294 science laboratories, 130 IT labs, 136 libraries, 114 examination halls, 56 clerk offices, 43 principal offices, 95 staff rooms, 112 cycle/ motorcycle parking and 174 chowkidar/guard huts will be constructed in 202 schools, Atif Khan told the meeting.

During the meeting, the C&W officials also presented the final feasibility report of standardization and state of the art refurbishment of another 200 schools to provide conducive learning environment to students.

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