Apr 23 - 29, 20

The PML-N led Punjab government is paying special attention to the provision of quality education at school level and implementation on the comprehensive project of school reforms. Roadmap is continuing in the province with the cooperation of international donor agencies.

Apart from provision of quality education through an organized programme of educational reforms, other educational facilities are being provided to the students at school level.

The students of backward and remote areas have especially benefitted from these reforms, which have helped in harmonizing the school education with changing demands. Due to these reforms, not only the personalities of young students will be developed but self-confidence will also increase among them.

The PML-N leader Muhammad Pervez Malik told PAGE that provision of education to every child in the province is a commitment of the Punjab government. Special enrollment campaign is going on in the province so that the children deprived of the education could be given admission in the schools and prepared as a committed and confident leader.

According to him, the Punjab government through an organized investment on its human resources is providing best and bold leadership to the country and in this way, highly educated persons will also be produced in various fields. Free education is being provided up to matriculation to the poor and needy students in their districts all over the province through public-private partnership. The girls of the hapless families have especially benefited from this programme.

Further, best environment of getting education has been provided to the children of neglected segments through Daanish schools. Daanish Schools system is a ray of hope for poor children, which has saved them from difficult situation and equipped them with knowledge. Besides, the education, special attention and affection is also provided to the students in Daanish schools, he said.

The PML-N leader claimed that the promotion of education is a national movement in which every Pakistani should take active part so that no child be remained deprived of getting education due to lack of resources.

He said that provincial government has ensured recruitment of 70,000 school teachers on merit and talent due to which best teachers would be available to the students and the recruitment of science teachers will help in promoting awareness regarding modern science and technology among the students.

He said that besides improving the efficiency of schoolteachers through directorate of staff development, training is also being provided to headmasters and education officers in administration, audit, and financial matters.

According to him, Punjab Examination Commission has helped in adopting uniformed method of examination besides preparing results of primary and middle examinations on time. He said that constant improvement in examination results of Punjab Examination Commission is a clear proof of its performance.

According to Punjab Minister for Education, Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, education is the top priority of the provincial government and the government has taken new initiative in the field of education.

He said that Punjab government aimed to set up women universities in Bahawalpur, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad so that new opportunities of higher education for the women could be further enhanced.

One billion rupees stipend was being distributed in the girl students belonging to remote and deprived areas to encourage female education. He asked the teachers to bring out leadership abilities in their students and develop them as confident and energetic youth leaders. He said that government has step up endowment fund with Rs10 billion. Talented and deserving students are getting scholarship for higher studies.

He said that government is implementing a comprehensive programme for providing modern educational facilities to the children and Daanish School project is a revolutionary step of Punjab government, which will not only minimize the divide between the rich and the poor but the children of the poor parents will also be able to acquire modern education and play their due role in national development and prosperity.

Mr. Mujtaba told that Punjab government has provided a sum of Rs10 billion to promote school education in the marginalized strata and 1.5 million deserving students in the 36 districts would be benefited during current year. He told that a sum of Rs46 billion will be spent on the school education sector to elevate it according to the international standards.

He said that the government has distributed 60,000 education vouchers among the deserving students to enable them complete their education in their favorite school. He said that the government has launched education survey in 19 districts to expand education vouchers scheme in new districts especially in less developed areas.

He said that government has recruited 36,000 schoolteachers and 30,000 subject specialists purely on merit. As a result of education friendly policies of the present government, the literacy rate has been raised from 58 to 62 per cent in four years.