Pakistan’s first girls cadet college of KP has been inaugurated in Mardan. It is a public-sector cadet college, first batch of 80 students were selected from 250 applicants across Pakistan.
The event’s chief guest was Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Muhammad Atif Khan. Students, parents, politicians and district’s administration officers were also present at the inauguration event.
The college principal, Brigadier Javed said that the 80 students were selected purely on merit. He said the college’s vision is to be an exemplary institute in the country where students will be provided with all modern facilities.
According to the Education Minister, Atif Khan girls education has been one of the prime focus of KP’s government and it has decided to spend 70% of the budget on education sector.
He added that the previous K-P government had set a Rs61 billion budget for girls education while the current PTI-led government had raised that amount to Rs118 billion and plan to increase the amount to Rs138 billion in the upcoming budget.
The government has allocated Rs3 billion for the college. Initially the girls’ cadet college will be on the premises of Government Commerce College Mardan and later will be shifted to its own building once the construction is complete within this year.
Atif Khan further highlighted provincial government’s initiatives in the education sector and assured that the government is committed to promote quality education and increase enrolment in school.
He expressed his joy over admission of girls in the first girls cadet college of KP, coming from Karachi, DI Khan, Mian Chunnu, Haripur and Peshawar.