ISLAMABAD - As many as 44,985 out of school children will be enrolled in primary classes in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) during 2013-2016, according to the targets of National Plan of Action (NPA) of education launched here recently.

The National Plan of Action for Education was prepared in consultation with experts from Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education, all the provinces, UNESCO and UNICEF.

According to the Plan of Action for ICT, a total number of 26,991 new students will be enrolled in primary classes in the existing under-utilized schools during 2013-16 at a cost of Rs 1,378 million.

Of these, 50% will be enrolled in public formal schools and another 10% are expected to be absorbed by the private sector schools. ICT does not plan to expand enrolment in non-formal schools.

Corresponding to the new enrollments, a total of 750 new formal schoolteachers and around 20 supervisors will be recruited.

The innovative strategies for increasing access along with quality enhancement including awareness campaigns, community involvement and use of media are estimated to be Rs 1,378 million, with 69% for increasing access to education.

ICT does not plan to expand enrolment of out-of-school children through the provision of an additional room and teacher in formal public schools.

Around 17,994 children will be enrolled in new non-formal schools, one-half will be enrolled in non-formal new schools and the other half will be enrolled in new feeder schools with the cost of Rs. 346 million.

Out of Rs. 346 million, 73% would be spent of development and recurrent cost of implementation and 27 percent on quality enhancement measures and innovative strategies.

The human resource requirement for this step will entail recruitment of 600 non-formal and feeder schoolteachers and 15 supervisors.

Of all primary enrollments, 15% of the students from disadvantaged groups will be provided incentives for access and retention in primary schools.

In ICT, 76,647 disadvantaged children will be targeted and provided incentives equivalent to Rs. 3,000 per child per year at a cost of Rs. 16.9 billion.

According to most recent projections, the population of primary-age group children from 5-9 years in ICT is likely to gradually rise to 156,977 by 2015 or 16, of which 82,273 will be boys and 74,704 will be girls.

The present education profile of ICT reflects a primary-age group of 5-9 years population of 143,962 children, of which 75,416 are boys and 68,546 are girls, Gross primary enrolment rate is 87%, with 85% for boys and 90% for girls while the net enrolment rate of 70% is much lower, with 68% for boys and 72% for girls.

The current stock of primary-age group out-of-school children (OOSC) is 43,236 of which 24,217 are boys and 19,019 are girls.