The uniform education campaign launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by PTI finally addresses the cries of change that have oft been heard in Imran Khan's election campaign. Although they took some time to achieve such clarity, PTI is finally facing a crucial challenge, ie to reform the education system in KPK by making a standardized curriculum, along with attempting to increase the amount of children attending schools by providing incentives such as free textbooks and talking to parents about the importance of education. Better late than never, this educational reform promises to ensure a marked increase in the accessibility of education to children, and to reduce the gap in educational differences between the poor and the young.

The aim is to establish a uniform system to decrease class disparity, and to finally provide the right of education to children that may not have had the opportunity before. Pakistan’s war against extremism has dealt the educational system in KPK a devastating blow, with militants targeting schools (especially girls schools) to disrupt daily life and undermine the writ of the state.  With a literacy rate of a mere 37.26 percent, (ignoring the fact that this statistic also includes people who can only sign their name), PTI tackling the issue first shows positive signs in their first ever term in office.

Additionally, this might also give rise to a healthy sort of competition between the provinces of Punjab and KPK  pursuing educational reform over the course of the next five years. The PML-N has a head start, with recent reports from UNESCO showing that the primary school survival rate – which is the proportion of students who get past primary school – was higher in the Punjab, than the rest of the country, at 76 percent compared to the 70 percent. Both will be struggling to keep ahead, as they know that the people will be waiting with bated breath in both provinces to assess which policy was more successful at improving the conditions of education system.

PTI faces an uphill task, given the abysmal conditions that the schools are currently in, with over 2 million children out of school. Funds will be injected initially in over 29000 schools but that will not be nearly enough to ensure the success of this program. Added to that, the government will also have to meticulously plan the curriculum they want in place, to ensure that it grants future graduates a chance to compete internationally as well as locally.

With all the pieces in place, Imran Khan hopes to make this educational reform (if it succeeds) his crowning achievement in the province, and will be looking to snub naysayers who had little faith in his tsunami.