In Pakhtunkhwa, 2.4 million children are out of school, Blue Vance

Qamar Naseem, head of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) non-governmental organization Blue Venezia, said about 2.4 million children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were out of school, including 64 percent girls.

According to government figures, 1.8 million children were out of school in 2018.

Pashtun Yar Khan, head of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s standing committee on education, said they were doing everything possible to bring children’s education to the forefront, but it would take time to bring all children to school.

Qamar Naseem said they were conducting two major studies with the help of the Malala Fund, which found that uneducated children and girls had been cut off from education.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Shahram Khan Taraki said in a video on the progress made in education last year that they had recruited 10,000 new teachers in the province and advertised the recruitment of another 23,000.

The Minister of Education said that solar system has been installed in 500 schools and work is underway in 800 more schools and 248 new schools have been constructed.

But Qamar Naseem told that the provincial government spends a very small portion for education budget, leaving many educational institutions without basic facilities.