islamabad - The government is considering a proposal to allow the private schools established in small buildings to use playgrounds of public schools.

The suggestions of providing fortified food and milk to students of government schools at the primary level are also on the cards in the federal capital. These proposals were discussed at a midterm performance review meeting at Planning Commission yesterday.

As most of the private schools are established in residential areas and lack sports grounds, so keeping in view the spacious building of government schools it is being considered to allow the facilitates to be used by the students studying in private schools.

The officials of Federal Directorate of Education that controls about 422 educational institutions in Islamabad Capital Territory expressed their lack of knowledge about the proposals, saying the proposal may trigger backlash from public institutions. However, the idea of giving fortified food and milk to the students got positive response.

Pakistan is in a state of nutrition emergency and most of the nutrition indicators of the country are worse than sub-Saharan Africa. According to National Nutrition Survey of 2011, about 61.9 percent of Pakistan’s children are anaemic and malnutrition is responsible for 35 percent of under-five deaths in the country.

The set of proposals will be forwarded to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for approval.

The meeting discussed achievements, failures and allocations of various ministries. It was stated that the incumbent government enhanced budgetary allocations to health and population by allocating Rs 80 billion from 2013-14 to 2015-16 in contrast to Rs 60 billion in 2010-11 to 2012-13. Likewise, Rs 78 billion were allocated to education including higher education sector contrary to Rs 61 billion allocated in 2010-11 to 2012-13.

It was also shared during the meeting that the government has initiated 19 health projects with the cost of Rs 26 billion while 125 new projects of education were started costing Rs 140 billion.