Enrolment in schools increases by 5pc PESHAWAR, May 26 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Sardar Hussain Babak was told here on Thursday that enrolment in government primary schools increased by five per cent during the academic year 2010-11 across the province.
The minister was being briefed on the role of Education Management Information System (EMIS) Cell of the department.
Farid Qureshi, the special secretary of the department, Riaz Bahar, director of Education Sector Reforms Unit, Rafiq Khattak, additional director, Bashir Hussain Shah, additional director, Iltaf Hussain, deputy director of EMIS, and Salahuddin, deputy database administrator of EMIS, were also present in the briefing.
The minister was informed that EMIS was established in 1990-91 in the directorate of elementary and secondary education but later it was restructured in 2006 under the direct control of the secretary of the department.
The EMIS Cell has so far published 20 statistical reports on government schools, three on private schools and one on religious seminaries in the province.
The minister was told that according to Annual Schools Census, held on October 31, 2010, overall situation of education in the province was improved during the academic year 2010-11.
The number of primary schools has been increased to 22,608 from 22,398 while the number of secondary schools has reached to 4,599 from 4,509.
“Enrolment of students has been increased by five per cent at primary level, reaching from 2,654,285 to 2,776,642 while at secondary level it has reached from 942,795 to 987,154,” Mr Babak was told. The number of working teachers has been increased by one per cent and reached to 115,714 from 114,569 in the province. Similarly, the gross enrolment ratio at primary level has witnessed an increase of two per cent as it has reached to 85 per cent from 83 per cent. The transition rate from primary to middle level has been increased by one per cent while the dropout rate has been decreased by four per cent as compared to previous year.
The minister was informed that gender gap had been decreased by two per cent as it reached to 0.74 per cent from 0.72 per cent, showing achievements of government in encouraging female education.
Mr Babak was also briefed about geographic information system, a tool of EMIS Cell for planning, monitoring and better decision making. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the first province to have this tool.
The teachers’ database developed by EMIS Cell was also presented before the minister and it was decided that in future a copy of all posting and transfer orders should be sent to EMIS both at district and provincial levels to keep the data updated. The minister appreciated the efforts of EMIS Cell and stressed the need for proper utilisation of the information in future planning and decision making