PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday handed over keys of 50 vehicles to the administration of various boys and girls colleges of the province and granted cheques of scholarships worth Rs100 million to 315 scholars of M.Phil and Ph.D under the Faculty Development Programme in a ceremony held in Peshawar.  

Chief Minister Special Assistant for Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Secretary Higher Education Dr Attaur Rahman and a large number of other officers were also present on the occasion. The CM also announced grant of 100 more vehicles to various colleges of the province in the current financial year. Moreover, he said that 1300 posts lying vacant in the Education Department would be filled with immediate effect.

Addressing the ceremony, the chief minister said that his government was trying to devise a comprehensive system which would address all dimensions of our educational institutions, adding that teachers would not get transferred and their promotions would also take place keeping in view collective performance of schools and colleges.  

He said that carrot and stick policy would be enforced according to which hard work and good performance would get rewarded whereas lethargy would get punished.

He said that every district of the province would have a university so that the people of far-flung areas could also have access to higher education. The CM on this occasion ordered the higher education authorities to immediately fill the 1,300 posts lying vacant in the department with immediate effect.  

Describing the education sector as top most priority of his government Pervez Khattak said that youths were our national asset and their bright future could only be ensured with quality education instead of establishing multi-storied buildings or roads. He said that his government was taking radical steps to end the obsolete class based education system. He said that without education we could hardly make any meaningful progress.

The chief minister said the PTI government has come into power with the agenda of change which would be translated into reality by dint of sincere efforts. He said his government has brought meaningful changes in education and health sectors. Police and Patwar system have been reformed. Commission and corruption culture has been changed. Police can no longer force anyone to extract illegal gratification from anyone.

Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani and Secretary Higher Education also addressed the ceremony on this occasion.

Six-day anti-polio drive starts in FATA, FRs

Six-day anti-polio immunisation campaign kicked off on Monday in the selected parts of FATA and FRs. Secretary Social Sector Waqar-ul-Hassan inaugurated the campaign by administering polio drops to a child of the target age in a ceremony in the FATA Secretariat yesterday.

During the campaign children of selected agencies of FATA will be inoculated both with oral polio vaccine as well as inactivated polio vaccine that are injected to the children of the age up to 23 months. 

Children from FR Kohat, Bajour, Mohmand, Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber Agency will be vaccinated during the campaign. The number of targeted children, below the age of 5 years, for oral polio vaccine is 5,90,919 children, whereas 18,9094 children of the age up to 23 months have been targeted to be vaccinated with inactivated polio vaccine. Total of 607 teams, including 184 fixed, 393 outreach and 30 mobile teams will be present in the field to vaccinate the children of prescribed age.

The anti-polio campaign in South Waziristan Agency, FR Bannu, FR Peshawar, Tehsil Bara & Jamrud of Khyber Agency have already been completed recently.

The refusal rate during 2015 have successfully been seized around 1 per cent, highlighting the fact that most of the target population was effectively vaccinated, resulting in lesser number of polio cases  in FATA and FRs during 2015 in comparison to the year 2014. So far 16 polio cases in FATA and FRs have been recorded this year: 1 in North Waziristan, 2 in South Waziristan, 2 in FR Peshawar and 11 in Khyber Agency.