TARBELA GHAZI - The KP government has enhanced educational budget from Rs 70 billion to Rs 100 billion for first time in the history of the province, its education minister said.

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Teachers were being appointed purely on merit basis; free books and furniture were being provided to the schools across the province, he added.

KP Minister for Secondary and Elementary Education Atif Khan said this while addressing the Education Conference held at Haripur. 

According to the details, an education conference was held in Haripur in which a number of the education experts, political personalities, representatives from the civil society participated.

Atif said that previous governments were least concerned about education and paid no heed to the education sector, but PTI government had its special focus on quality education in the province and in this regard, education budget has also been enhanced from 70 billion to 100 billion rupees.

He said that nepotism and political intervention had been ended from the education department.

He said that now all the teachers were appointed purely on merit bases and according to their qualification. 

The minister said, “In past, nepotism and political intervention had destroyed our educational system, teachers had been receiving their salaries without attending the schools and teaching even a number of the teachers were sitting abroad but had been receiving the salaries.”

The minister said that now teachers had been bound to ensure their attendance and to show the performance regarding their duties. 

Atif said that PTI government was paying its full attention on the education. He claimed that KP government had appointed more than 25000 teachers and not even a single appointment was made on political or nepotism bases but all the appointments were made purely on merit.

Atif said that KP government had introduced a competition system among the school and good performers were awarded with prizes from 20,000 to 50,000.

He said that last year KP government had allocated a fund of 150 million rupees for these prizes for appreciation and to create a competitive environment among the schools so that educational quality could be enhanced.

TWO DIE IN ROAD MISHAP 

Two persons were killed due to collision between truck and a dumper on GT road Haripur.

According to the details, a Suzuki Mazda loaded with tomatoes was on the way to Abbottabad from Haripur, when it reached near village Kholiyan Bala on GT road, the driver lost its control over the speedy vehicle and smashed into a dumper from its back.

As a result, the two passengers on Mazda identified as Muhammad Nawaz resident of Lassan Nawab Mansehra and Zain Ali resident of Sialkot died on the spot.

Later bodies of the deceased were shifted to Women and Children hospital Haripur for medico-legal formalities.

MURDER CONVICT HANGED

IN HARIPUR

One convict of murder was hanged to death in Central Jail Haripur whereas execution of another convict who was accused of killing his father was postponed due to compromise with family.

According to the details, District and Sessions Judge Mansehra had awarded a capital punishment of death to one Imtiaz Ahmed resident of village Khaki district Mansehra in a murder case of one man in 2005. Subsequently death sentence awarded by District and Sessions Judge Mansehra to the convict was also upheld by the High Court and Supreme Court.

The prison authority hanged the convict Imtiaz Ahmed whereas execution of another prisoner Muhammad Hamayun resident of Mardan was postponed. Muhammad Hamayun was accused of killing his father in 2006 and now his brothers had pardoned him.