PESHAWAR Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that education and welfare of children were above politics, and the government was taking steps in this connection. He was addressing at a gathering held here under the banner of Ujala Welfare Society, a welfare organisation for training and education of children of low paid employees of government departments, where he participated as the chief guest. The CM is also the patron-in-chief of the welfare society. The CM lauded the role of UWS President Engineer Zahid Arif and other well-off people for taking the responsibility of training and education of children of government employees. He hoped that the young generation would make development owing to such farsighted approach of people. He said this backward society would surely become prosperous. He said the basic reasons of terrorism and other turmoil in the region were illiteracy, poverty and injustices, adding that their government fully felt this reality and was taking effective steps to remove these reasons. He said they should admit that they collectively did not discharge their responsibilities in a better manner during the last six decades after gaining independence. He added that the young generation had been suffering and their problems were getting increased manifold. He said continuity in policies and democracy was essential for betterment of situation. He said the government was taking constructive steps for promotion of education and employment according to the vision of great Khudai Khidmatgar leader, Bacha Khan. He said sincere efforts were underway to boost up the standard of government schools, making them at par with private schools under 'Stori Da Pakhtunkhwa scheme. He said the top 10 position holders in SSC and intermediate under entire educational boards of the province were provided with talent awards worth Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively on monthly basis. He announced the govt would bear entire education expenses of children of 100 high schools from 400 union councils, where the facility of high school was not available.