PESHAWAR - The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to launch a new program of construction of standardized schools wherein 100 high schools with international standard of quality, security and educational facilities would be constructed by June this year and Rs2 billion are being released for this purpose.

Similarly decisions have also been made to give fast pace autonomy to all divisional headquarter hospitals and upgrade all the district headquarter hospitals to the teaching status by equipping them with latest medical facilities. It is also decided to appoint members of the board of governors on emergent basis and fixed deadline of February 15 for this purpose. These measures are aimed to provide all better facilities of education and health to the people at their doorsteps and hence they do not bother in future to travel to big cities for availing these facilities.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak chaired a high-level meeting at the CM Secretariat Peshawar in this regard wherein steps taken so far and future line of action was threadbare discussed after imposition of education and health emergencies wherein necessary decisions were taken. The meeting was attended by Senior Minister for health Shahram Khan Tarakai, Minister for Higher Education and Information Mushtaq Ghani, Minister for Schools and Literacy Muhammad Atif Khan, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Dr Hamad Awais Agha, Secretaries and other high authorities of education, health and finance departments.

Pervez Khattak while addressing the meeting said that the government and ministries are not bid of roses now but in fact have turned into thrones of thorns and heavy responsibilities wherein we have to work round the clock and give results to the masses and party leadership. He said that his party head Imran Khan contacted him and apprised himself of the progress about performance of govt and departments every second day. He acknowledged that though performance of the three ministers and their departments is outstanding, yet it has to improve more and achieve targets with more momentum for which all the officials are to be streamlined accordingly.

He while ordering for construction of 100 standardised schools and immediate release of funds for the purpose further emphasised the need to complete the construction and operationalisation of all these hundred top standard schools during this year wherein its number and funds would also be doubled then so that it become role models for coming so many decades and all the new institutions are built on this pattern in future.

He also ordered release of Rs500 million each for boundary walls and furniture for existing primary and high schools and made clear that more funds would be provided on timely availability of these services so that needs of maximum schools could be catered accordingly.

On this occasion, the steps taken for interior and external foolproof security of schools, colleges and universities were also reviewed. The chief minister made clear that more funds besides existing Rs1.5 billion would also be provided in case of urgency so that apprehensions of our children about security could be addressed accordingly and they were given congenial atmosphere for education.

It was also decided to establish and streamline independent monitoring units (IMUs) for checking attendance and missing facilities in hospitals and other health centres on the pattern of schools to ensure availability of better health and educational facilities to the people in the remote parts of the province as well.

It was also decided to start double shifts of doctors and paramedical staff in BHUs and RHCs and evolving comprehensive strategy and schedule for the purpose. It was further decided to involved FWO, NLC and NESPAK like public sector firms for quality and timely completion of the construction of schools and hospitals in the future that would help in saving of time and resources besides ensuring high standard of construction of such important buildings, it was observed.