PESHAWAR – Opposition party in Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly criticized the education policy of the provincial government on Tuesday, policy raised the illiteracy rate in the province, the parties said.

PML-N’s Parliamentary Leader Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota draws the attention of House towards the closure of schools where enrollment was below 50 students.

He stated that on one hand KP government showed concern over the education condition and vows to impose education emergency in the province, whereas, on the other hand, several schools were being shut down.

Replying to the question, Education Minister Muhammad Atif Khan said that it is the policy of the government to close that primary school which is in the radius of two kilometers of other primary schools.

The Minister revealed that the KP government has saved Rs 190 million last year due to this policy, 34,000 students of private schools had shifted to the government schools, he said.

Atif Khan further told House that government also working on the rehabilitation of those schools which were destroyed in the earthquake of 2005.

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