ISLAMABAD: As the government departments and educational institutes observed International Literacy Day, a federal cabinet member at a ceremony here on Tuesday shared alarming facts about the sorry state of affairs of education.
“As many as 11,000 children in the federal capital are out of school and efforts are being made for their enrolment,” Minister of State Capital Administration and Development Division Usman Ibrahim said while speaking as a chief guest at an event organised to mark the International literacy day by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) at Islamabad Model College for Girls F-7/2.
He stressed the need for developing a separate and dedicated department to deal with issues of street children.
The state minister reiterated that the government is striving hard to increase the literacy rate.
CADD, he said, had conducted a survey identifying 12,000 out of school children but only 1,000 of them have been inducted in schools.
Ibrahim said his ministry had taken steps to improve literacy rate in the capital including setting up a literacy cell to enroll out of school children.
Elaborating the initiatives, Ibrahim said that orders to recruit 150 teachers under literacy cell have been issued and the administration is also devising special curriculum for out of school children.
A cash prize worth Rs30,000 was awarded to Suhail Tariq, student of Islamabad Model College for boys F-8/3 for securing the highest marks, 98 per cent, in the Federal Board examinations.
While Samiyah Aymen, a student of Islamabad Model School for Girls F-7/2 was also awarded with cash prize for securing second position in the exams.
Farzana Zaidi, Principle of the IMCG I-9/1 said that giving admissions to children was not enough “sustaining these students while providing them with the right kind of environment and education is also as important,” she stressed.