Despite huge investment the outlook of Education in KP remains questionable

Girls are busy in reading the book during their class at Government girls Model High School in Pakistani border town Chaman. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai.

Peshawar: Huge expenditures and significant success claims remain verbally stated words only, as huge gaps appear in the official data of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education (KPESE) Department, raising questions about the entitlement of achievements by KP Government in education reforms.

In 2013 after taking control over KP’s local government, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) focused heftily on education; spending 467 billion rupees until present: 168 billion expenditure was recorded only in year 2017-18. Further education department official data shows that KPESE department is the biggest of all departments in KP, which means in every ten workers of KP, six belong to KPESE department and around 68 per cent of education budget is spent on human resource in terms of salaries. Therefore, of every Rs. 10 spent on workers by KP local government, Rs. 7 are spent on employees’ salaries and the rest of Rs. 3 are spent on non-salary and development purposes.

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About Abdul Salam 9 Articles
Abdul Salam worked with the local government to develop an interactive map to explore education outcomes across Pakistan and is currently engaged in teaching ICT skills in FATA. He is a coder with experience in teaching data visualization. While he has collaborated with media, he sees this program as an opportunity to work with journalists to analyze data to better report on different public interest stories.

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