Enrollment Campaign: 72 Percent Target Achieved

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Quetta: According to preliminary figures released by education department, 72 percent target has been achieved in enrollment campaign in winter zone of Balochistan.
In 21 districts of winter zone, 190,923 students were enrolled as compared to the targeted figure of 263,156 which is 72.83 percent.
Kalat, Mastung and Harnai districts exceeded the enrollment targets whereas Zhob, Panjgur, Nushki, Sherani and Kachi performed poorly in terms of enrollment.
Education department launched enrollment campaign on 23rd February this year. Target of the enrollment campaign is to increase the number of enrollments to 400,000.
District Education Officers (DEOs) of the districts were allowed to set targets of enrollment in their districts.
Aziz Jamali, Additional Secretary Education and Focal person of the enrollment campaign told Balochistan Voices that enrollment campaign can be termed as successful.
He said that this enrollment campaign was carried out by Education Department using its own resources and no additional funds were released for it. “Government of Balochistan did not release Rs. 320 million which it had committed for this campaign,” lamented Mr. Jamali.
Mr. Jamali who has the charge of development section in education department said that “at the moment construction is the only activity on development budget and we have to think beyond construction to develop education.”
A senior government official, on condition of anonymity, told Balochistan Voices that the enrollment campaign failed to change the perception of people about government schools. “Officials of education department do not admit their children in government schools let alone common men,” lamented the senior official.
Enrollment figures are being re-validated through third party by education department.  Official results of the campaign will be announced by end of this month.
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Adnan Aamir is founder and Editor of Balochistan Voices. He also contributes for The News, The News on Sunday and Newsline Magazine amongst others as a freelancer. He has completed Chevening South Asian Journalism fellowship from the University of Westminster.