During the last three years, the cumulative education budget for elementary and secondary education of district Peshawar has remarkably increased by 85 per cent, from an estimated budget of Rs1880 million in fiscal year 2010-2011 to nearly Rs 3484 million in 2013-2014. This study was conducted by the Center for Governance and Public Accountability, a dedicated non-profitable civil society organization, and it remains ever more encouraging to know given Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s dire law and order conditions. In addition to the increment in the monetary allotments for improving education, policy makers also pointed toward the need to alter the educational curriculum within the district.

The initiative to drive out illiteracy and extremism out of the province is positively reaffirming for citizens. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s educational plight can be understood by having a look at the findings the Annual Status of Education Report revealed in 2012: 64.9% of young children were not enrolled in pre-school. A chasm between students in public schools and those in private institutions also affects the performance and zest that pupils have for learning. Girls continue to lag behind boys in different subjects while the number of ghost schools continues to grow. Furthermore, the content of syllabus throughout the province requires an immediate makeover so that the element of radicalization and violence can be effectively removed.

It bears mentioning that the syllabi promulgated in the province has been neglected for too long, which has led to the deterioration of  social values and progress in various districts including Peshawar. Although it is a long journey before Peshawar is hauled out of its educational predicament, the local enthusiasm to alleviate violence and ignorance from the district deserve praise. The steps being taken by the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are commendable; in a province that remains fragmented due to a prevailing set of reasons, these administrative steps to tackle vicious fundamentalism and the lack of education are not only promising but also crucial.