PESHAWAR, May 26 (APP): High Commissioner of United Kingdom in Pakistan Thoms Drew on Thursday said UK Government was cooperating with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the field of education in the province to attract maximum number of students towards education in conducive atmosphere.

He said that in KP 47 per cent of students were under the age of 15 and could be a great asset for the province if provided with quality education.

He said this while inaugurating the new academic block constructed under “Hamqadam Project” with the cooperation of UK organization DFID in Government High School Mayyar and Government Girls High School Shah Dhand in Mardan.

On this occasion, beside others Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education, Muhammad Atif Khan Deputy Country
Head Judikh, Ubaid Khan Mayyar MPA, Additional Secretary Education Qaiser Alam, authorities concerned of “Hamqadam Project” and DEOs Male and Female Mardan were also present.

The UK high commissioner said that he was feeling great to see the students acquiring education in the newly constructed beautiful block and assured that UK Government would fully support the KP government for promotion of education.

Under “Hamqadam Project”, beside construction of 7000 additional classrooms, examination hall, toilets and other facilities were also being provided to government higher secondary, high, middle and primary schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Expressing his views, the Education Minister Atif Khan maintained that the PTI led Provincial Government was giving top most priority to education sector as progress without education was impossible.

Eulogizing the efforts of UK government and DFID in provision of basic  facilities in government schools, he said that the government was not oblivious of its obligation and added that a record budget was earmarked in the history of the province for education sector.

He hoped that students of KP would definitely get benefit from the facilities being provided by “Hamqadam Project” and would bear fruitful results.

Later, the High Commissioner and the Minister visited different classrooms of the schools and asked questions from the students.

Students thanked the UK High Commissioner and the Minister for constructing of beautiful academic block and provision of basic facilities in the school.