PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain said on Friday that the ANP-led government in the province has spent ‘four per cent’ of provincial GDP on education, which is the highest in the country.

Education is a priority agenda for ANP government, which consider essential for social and economic development. “Besides constructing new school, the government has heavily invested on training and capacity building of teachers in the provinces. In higher education, we have established eight new universities increasing the number of universities to 18,” he added. 

He said this while speaking at the launching ceremony of baseline studies organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) at a local hotel. Our government has introduced basic education in mother tongue.

The education in Pashtu language has been implemented whereas work on Hindku, Seraiki, and Chitrali is going on, he added.

The developed world, he informed, had progressed through democracy and it is vital to strengthen democratic process through creating political awareness in population and strengthening democratic values. He deplored that politicians in the country are unduly ridiculed and there is need to change such attitude. He also urged on building peoples capacity to actively participate in political process, especially the women’s participation.

Talking of security situation, development and political process, he said that there is strike contrast in people’s priorities these days as earlier people demanded for education, health and livelihood but now their only concern is provision of security.

Giving details of ANP government work on security he said that government has doubled the number of police force from 40,000 to 80,000 with substantial increase in salaries, modern equipment, a compensation of 3 million for each shaheed and other benefits their families.

Briefing on the launch of baseline studies and AAWAZ programme, Irina Mosel, Technical Specialist, AAWAZ, SDPI said that AAWAZ is a five-year voice and accountability programme, which seeks to strengthen democratic processes in Pakistan by making it more open, inclusive and accountable to citizens. Sharing findings of baseline study on women political participation, Safwan Aziz said that despite clear acknowledgment of women rights in constitution, women participation in political process is negligible. Fayyaz Yasin and Hamza Abbas of SDPI also spoke on the occasion.