DEO (Female) South Waziristan Noor Khadija believes the major problem of tribal districts has been resolved in shape of merger with KP.

Khalida Niaz

PESHAWAR: The newly appointed district education officer (female) in South Waziristan says special steps were needed to resolve problems related to education sector in merged tribal districts.

In an interview with TNN, DEO (Female) South Waziristan Noor Khadija said merged districts face more problems in education sector as compared to settled districts. She said the condition of schools is not up to mark in South Waziristan and basic facilities are missing. She said she is working to make Parents Teachers Council functional.

The DEO said establishment of a new set up in South Waziristan is a challenging task, but things are easier now as compared to past due to improved security environment.

“I am working on different posts for the last 10 years and now I want to utilise my administrative experience to improve the standard of education in South Waziristan,” Noor Khadija said.

She believes that the major problem of tribal districts has been resolved in shape of merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She said that now development projects will be carried out in merged districts and people of these areas will get facilities like people of settled areas.

The DEO said the people of South Waziristan during life of displacement learned the importance of education and now they are well aware and enlightened and all of them want to see their sons and daughters educated.

Noor Khadija said her father served as education officer in Kurram, Bajaur and other tribal districts so she got her initial education there and then got higher education in Peshawar. She holds Master’s degree in History in addition to Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree.

The DEO said she will give special importance to girls’ education and provide facilities at girls schools. She said attendance of teachers on duty will be ensured and enrolment will be increased which will improve literacy rate. “This will create opportunities for girls to prove themselves in every field,” she said.

Noor Khadija, who has also earlier served as assistant agency education officer in South Waziristan in 2007, said it is encouraging to note that girls are now being appointed on high positions after passing CSS and PMS exams. She said the support of family is very important for any girl for getting education. She said she also achieved everything with family’s support.

She said real change can be brought in education sector in merged districts if teachers perform their duties honestly.