Media group formed to work on education sector’s issues
PESHAWAR – A joint working group of media persons was formed here on Saturday to work out on different issues in education sector keeping in view the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budgetary allocations.
The Peshawar Press Club (PPC) in collaboration with the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) formally decided this in an introductory and consultative meeting held with the representatives of PPC and I-SAPS. In the consultative session besides the President PPC Saif-ul-Islam Saifi and I-SAPS Research Fellow Hamid Masood, Khyber Union of Journalist (KhUJ) Vice President, Ali Hazrat Bacha and a large number of media persons both from print and electronic media participated.
Speaking on the occasion, Masood said that I-SAPS worked round the year and mainly focused on the budgetary allocation, spending, government priorities and impediments in education sector. The I-SAPS is working as a think tank in education sector, he added. He also hailed the efforts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for not making cut in education budget despite multiple challenges confronted the people of this province, and termed it encouraging and a good omen.
Though reservations were there on spending of these funds in perspective of targets set in the budget, he said but at all allocation in budgets was encouraging which shows the seriousness of the government.
He also discouraged the government stance of utilisation of additional funds for the promotion of education against the budgetary allocation for the sector during the current fiscal year. The Punjab government had spent billions of rupees for the procurement of laptops scheme without reflecting specific funds in the budget, he said for which the government had to face criticism.
The I-SAPS in assistance with Peshawar Press Club would jointly workout to provide relevant data and information to working journalists, regarding the planning and development in education sector. On the occasion, a working group was unanimously formed to formally work under the program.