ISLAMABAD - Senate Sub-Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has directed the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to ensure transport facility to all the schools and girls college attached with it.
The sub-committee comprised of convener, Senator Dr Saeeda Iqbal and two members Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan and Senator Rubina Khalid also asked FDE to maintain same education standard in all its institution.
The meeting was informed that 76 posts were lying vacant in Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), whereas 178 persons are working in it on deputation, adding that 49 FDE officials are also rendering services in other departments on deputation.
Director General FDE, Dr Shahnaaz Anjum Riaz, said that they are striving to maintain a standard in class rooms and for the purpose they prepared a plan of constructing 26 new blocks in different institutions but lack of funds halted the project. The meeting was also pointed out a major flaw in distribution of academic institutions in rural and urban areas of Islamabad Capital Territory.
Only 25 percent institutions were esttablished in rural areas where number is students is much more higher than urban areas and 75 percent were constructed in Urban areas which created lots of problems for administration.
Few institutions, which were established in rural areas, cannot have enough facilities and have limited sanctioned teaching and non-teaching staff, which aggravated the problem to facilitate more students, FDE staff informed the meeting.
Meanwhile China has refused any funding for the ongoing Neelam-Jhelum Hydro Project (NJHP), conditioning the funding with lifting the Supreme Court’s ban on Safe-City project’s tenders. A private TV channel has reported that Pakistan officials even held a meeting previous week, with Chinese Commercial Council (CCC), who had stressed on starting the ‘Safe City’ project, favouring the ‘approved’ company with tenders; if Pakistan wanted its funding worth $4.48 million for the Neelam-Jhelum Hydro Project. It is pertinent to remember that Pakistan faced a shortfall of $5.48 million for the Neelam-Jhelum project, and any hassles in funding could delay the worthy project starting 2016, ending late in 2018.
Any such delay would also increase its expenses, which have already shot by Rs 275 billion.
Meanwhile even Abu Dhabi has conditioned its $100 million loan to $8 million worth of privatisation.