PESHAWAR: The Standing Committee of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Elementary and Secondary Education Department has directed to make the establishment of separate sections for boys and girls students in private schools obligatory. The directives were issued with majority vote by the members of the committee.
A woman MPA of PML-N, Amna Sardar, which had passed a resolution from the provincial assembly over the issue, said that boys and girls of their area are studying jointly in the private educational institutions. The co-education, she said is bearing negative impacts on the society. She said that though the practice is not objectionable up to primary level, but in next grades it is not suitable. She said that if the private educational institutions can establish separate junior and senior sections, then why they cannot separate girls and boys sections.
Meraj Hamayun, a woman MPA of Qoumi Wattan Party (QWP) said that she is not agreed with the contentions of her woman colleague. She said that on one hand the province is short of schools and private educational institutions are playing crucial role in education sector and they should not be overburdened.
Additional Secretary, Elementary and Secondary Education, Qaiser Alam told the panel that no educational institution exists in public sector, which is imparting co-education and boys and girls have separate schools. Furthermore, private sector in the province also did not have any such school.
Meraj Hamayun of QWP and Sardar Hussain Babak of ANP took the stand that if they take every issue in the context of men and women, then tomorrow the government will they have to establish separate assemblies for women and men. They said that the establishment of separate boys and girls sections will be difficult for private educational institutions. The government, they said had already imposed various restrictions on them, including enhancement of the boundary walls and hiring of security guards, which is highly difficult task for them. Besides, the parents enrolling their children are fully aware regarding co-education in such schools. Then they should avoid the enrolment of their children in them.
Mufti Fazal Ghafoor of JUI-F spoke against the co-education in Islamic context and quotes Quran and Hadith.
After thorough consultations, the standing committee on the proposal of the Shah Hussain of JUI-F went to vote. Shah Hussain (JUI-F), Jamshid Khan (independent), Shah Faisal (independent) and chairman, Mohammad Arif Ahmadzai supported the proposal of the mover that the committee should send recommendations to Elementary and Secondary Education Department for establishment of separate boys and girls sections in private educational institutions. Sardar Hussain Babak of ANP and Meraj Hamayun of QWP opposed the proposal.
Source: Business Recorder