The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa KP government has issued ‘education cards’ in the style of ‘health cards’.Education cards will enable deserving students across the province to study at the country’s higher education institutions.
The move was unveiled by Provincial Minister for Finance and Health Timur Khan Jhagra on Monday while presenting the annual provincial budget for the financial year 2022-23.
During the budget speech, Jhagra said that billions of rupees have been allocated for education cards and instead of building universities in the province, talented students will be able to study in higher national institutions on scholarships.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs 200 million for this. Rs. 1 billion for hiring teachers through local parent-teacher councils. Rs 1 billion has been allocated for running evening shift schools.
The provincial government has allocated Rs 200 million for this. Rs 2.4 billion for providing scholarships to female students. Rs 2 billion has been allocated for the purchase of school and college furniture. Last year, the KP government allocated Rs 20,000 for this. 3 billion for the same purpose. Rs 900 million has been allocated for the provision of scholarships to school children.
KP has also become the first province to integrate special education with the education department and bring various persons with disabilities into the mainstream of education.