Directorate General Public Relations,
Government of the Punjab, Lahore. Ph: 99201390
LAHORE, May 31:
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that progress and prosperity of Pakistan depends upon development of education sector. He said that in order to compete with the developed nations the system of school education will have to be streamlined in such a manner that besides quality education, a child friendly environment should also be available to the students for developing their leadership qualities. He said that special funds will be allocated in the next financial year for the upgradation of schools education so that basic academic facilities should be provided in 60 thousand public sectors schools of the province. He said that the government has laid the foundation of an education revolution in the province through the recruitment of highly educated teachers in government schools and under this policy special attention is being paid to the posting of highly qualified teachers of Computer, Science, English and mathematics in government schools. This step will promote science education as well as raise the education standard of public sector schools which will produce a confident leadership.
He expressed these views while addressing a meeting regarding provision of educational facilities in public sector schools. Members National Assembly Ahsan Iqbal, Saira Afzal Tarrar, Provincial Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Law Minsiter Rana Sanaullah, Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa, Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Raja Anwar, Secretary Schools and Secretary Finance were present. The Chief Minister directed that rationale should be devised for the upgradation of schools and implementation of the relevant laws should be ensured. He said that schools were upgraded in the past for narrow political interests which created numerous problems. He said that prototype model of vertical buildings be evolved for schools in congested areas of the cities for providing educational facilities to the students closed to their homes. He said that setting up of district education authorities will improve the standard of education through utilization of resources in an organized manner.
The Chief Minister further directed that in order to meet the shortage of teachers in primary schools suitable local candidates should be selected through walk-in interviews. The meeting agreed that a comprehensive policy regarding the transfer of teachers should be pursued so that students should not face educational loss. Earlier, Secretary Schools Aslam Kamboh gave a briefing regarding educational facilities in schools sector.