Islamabad: Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sajid Hussain Turi said this week that development of any country was directly linked with education, and that all the schools managed by Workers Welfare Fund would be upgraded to improve the quality of education.
He made these remarks during his visit to the Working Folk Grammar School No. 1 and No. 2, Kohat where he inaugurated and announced many development and welfare projects, including a NADRA center.
The minister said all schools would be upgraded while residential colonies would be built for private industry workers as per the wishes of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who wanted a house for every worker. The workers colonies would also include craft centers to empower women by making them learn technical skills.
Turi was also accompanied by Information Secretary and Member Provincial Assembly Amjad Afridi.
During the visit, school principals and teachers briefed the minister, who personally visited the classrooms and mingled with the students and heard their problems.
Turi said the government would extend the best health and education opportunities to families and children of workers, while talented ones would be admitted to the best colleges and universities of the country, and would also be given a regular stipend.
He also assured that withheld stipends of the children during the previous government would be paid without any further delay.
The minister said owing to the ongoing energy crisis and power outage, schools were being solarized to ensure continuous power supply.
He also announced the construction of a 25-bed hospital for industrial laborers and workers in Kohat’s constituency PK 80, saying that health and education related problems of the residents would be resolved on priority basis.
Turi, along with Senator Shamim Afridi also inaugurated a NADRA center in Ghambat area of Kohat district.
The minister also visited the Overseas Pakistanis Public School in Hangu, and said that overseas Pakistanis were the backbone of the country’s economy owing to their inward foreign remittances. He said special attention would be paid to the education of children of overseas Pakistanis.