PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that his government is fully focusing on education, adding that billions of rupees are being invested in this vital sector to ensure better future for the nation.

He acknowledged that education, training and welfare of the children were above politics and the government was taking effective steps along with encouraging private sector in this connection. He was addressing the second annual day function of Ujala Welfare Society, a welfare organisation for education of the children of low paid employees of nation building government departments at Chief Minister’s House Peshawar. The Chief Minister is the patron-in-chief of the society.

Hoti lauded the role of president of the organisation Engr Zahid Arif and other dynamic members of the Society for taking the responsibility of proper education of poor children and hoped that the coming generation would prosper due to such farsighted people. He said that the root causes of all ills and turmoil in the region were illiteracy, poverty and injustice, adding that the government was fully aware of the situation and was taking effective steps for their eradication.

He said that, “we must admit that we did not fulfill our responsibilities in a better manner after independence and sufferings of our youths increased manifold.” He said that continuity in policies and democratic system was essential for development. He said that the government was taking concrete steps for promotion of education and employment as per vision of Great Khudai Khidmatgar Leader, Bacha Khan.

He said that sincere efforts were being taken for boosting the standard of government schools to make it at par with private schools under “Stori Da Pakhtunkhwa” scheme by encouraging the students of government schools and colleges who secure positions in annual examination examinations conducted by Educational Boards of the province.

He said that under another scheme titled Rokhana Pakhtunkhwa, the government will bear educational expenses of all children of private high schools in most backward areas which lack the facility of public sector high schools adding such100 schools have been selected in 25 districts of the province while 300 more private schools will be selected next year for the purpose.

He also referred to some other initiatives including Khpal Rozgar Scheme, Hunermand Scheme, hydel power projects etc which will bear positive results in the future He said that we were confronting with complex challenges but the situation will normalize gradually through effective political and administrative measures and better results can be achieved through ownership and role of entire society.

The Chief Minister expressed pleasure over increase in number of poor students for free education from 86 to 150 this year under Ujala and appealed well off people for generous donations and support in Ujala’s mission. He announced a donation of Rs 2 million. He termed Engineer Zahid Arif’s Book, “Road Guide”, as foundation for increase in donations to Ujala and said that the book was fountain of knowledge for engineers.

Addressing the gathering, President Ujala Engineer Zahid Arif  and Senior Vice President Mohsin Aziz said that the funds of Ujala increased to Rs. 80 million in a very short period but the organization need further encouragement and donations from civil society.

They said that scholarships and awards would be introduced for creating sense of competition among children benefiting from free education under the organization. Later the CM distributed prizes among brilliant students of the Society.