PESHAWAR: While the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has been claiming revolutionary efforts for the uplift of education system of the province, a government review has ranked Mardan, as the worst performing district of the province in terms of improving education for April 2019.
Mardan is one of the major districts, after Peshawar, in term of resource allocation however, it is just ahead of Dir Upper, Hangu and Kohistan. Kohistan has been declared as the worst performing area with a score of 36.5 percent. Out of 25 districts, Peshawar has been placed at number 15 with a score of 45.3 percent while Nowshera, home district of former Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, is ranked at 17 with a score of 45.1 per cent.
The ranking, known as District Performance Scorecard (DPS), conducted every month by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department (E&SED), with the support of Department for International Development (DFID), announced results of District Performance Scorecard (DPS) for the month of April 2019.
The E&SE Department has developed a quantitative index of calculating the scores of all districts on the bases of 20 indicators such a as student learning outcomes in the 5th and 10th grades, attendance rate, and progress on development projects in schools, enrollment, and provision of textbooks to students, percentage of provision of stipends, percentage of actions on online action Management System, percentage of functional PTCs, delivery of furniture, optimal student-teacher ratio and teachers’ attendance in schools.
‘’According to the district ranking results for the month of April 2019, for the third time district Torghar clutches the first position by securing 66.6% marks, followed by district Battagram with 54.5%, Buner with 54.1%, Dir Lower with 52.9% and Mansehra with 52.7%. Student attendance rate improved to 80% and number of non-functional schools has been reduced from 114 to 73 schools only. The government officials believe that there has also been considerable improvement noted in the overall scores of remaining districts.’’
The E&SE Department introduced District Performance Scorecards (DPS), previously known as District Performance Evaluation System (DPES) in October 2017, with the aim to improve the performance of District Education Offices through better governance and data utilization. To make DPS ranking more competitive, the progress of December 2018 was set as the baseline to track improvement from January onward.
Altogether, there has been substantial progress noted in the several key education indicators of all the districts. A considerable improvement in student attendance rate noted in district Buner by 4.5 %, Torghar and Chitral by 3 % and 2.5 % in Lower Dir. 82 % of Schools across KP are provided with all the facilities. Districts also exhibited improvement in other indicators as well. Indicator-specific issues were discussed in detail to further improve the performance on each indicator.