PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on Monday made a decision to introduce coeducation at primary level in the province and declared that only women teachers would be appointed to primary schools in future.
“The government will establish schools where boys and girls can study together,” said adviser to the chief minister on information Mushtaq Ghani while giving details to the media about the cabinet’s meeting here.
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak chaired the meeting.
Mr. Ghani said the cabinet agreed with the proposal of the elementary and secondary education department to start co-education at the primary level.
He said new primary schools would be established in different areas, where girls and boys would be educated together. The coeducation system would be introduced in the current year, he added.
The CM’s adviser said the survey conducted in 2015-16 showed that 27 per cent girls went to the boys’ schools, while five per cent boys attended classes in the girls’ schools at the primary level.
“The coeducation system already exists at the primary level,” he said.
Mr. Ghani said another major decision of the cabinet was that women teachers would be appointed to primary schools for boys and girls.
He said the policy would be implemented gradually and that male teachers would be replaced with female ones in future.
“The study shows that women teachers perform better than men,” he said, adding that only women would be appointed to primary schools in future.
The CM’s adviser said the cabinet granted approval to the five years education sector plan (2015-20) for the promotion of primary and elementary education in the province.
He said under the plan, 100 per cent enrolment in primary schools would be carried out by 2022-23, which was presently 88 per cent at the preparatory level.