Shahbaz Sharif reviews education sector reforms programme

EducationShahbaz Sharif reviews education sector reforms programme

LAHORE, Pakistan: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting here on Thursday and reviewed the pace of implementation of reforms programme in education sector.

The meeting expressed its satisfaction over the steps taken under reforms programme for ensuring attendance of teachers in schools and promotion of quality education.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government has evolved a splendid programme for achieving the targets in education sector till 2018. He said that under “Parho Punjab, Barho Punjab” programme, the attendance of teachers has substantially improved in schools.

He said that promotion of quality education is his mission and it will be fulfilled at any cost. He said that Punjab government will continue to provide funds for this purpose in future as well. He said that appointments of teachers in Punjab have been made purely on merit due to which the standard of education is improving.

Shahbaz Sharif said that commitment and hard work was necessary for achieving the targets of the reforms programme.

He said that quality education is the basic right of every child and Punjab government is ensuring this right.

The meeting also decided to launch pilot programme for mobile training of teachers. Under this programme, modern training will be imparted to teachers in schools. The Chief Minister announced a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each for EDO Education Gujranwala Muhammad Sohaib Imran and EDO Education Narowal Ayaz Sabir for their outstanding performance for achieving educational targets.

The Chief Minister further said that attendance of teachers and students in schools has substantially improved, however, there is a need for continuous monitoring of the steps taken in this regard. He said that Punjab government has made investment of billions of rupees in education sector during the last seven years, however, it is only the beginning of a long journey.

Musharraf Zaidi of Alif Ailan Programme gave a briefing to Chief Minister on the survey of schools in Gujranwala and Narowal and the pace of implementation of education reforms programme. He told that during the survey in Gujranwala and Narowal, attendance of teachers was 97 percent and credit for this goes to Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his team.

Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed, Secretary Schools Education, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board, representative of DFID and concerned officers attended the meeting.

Source: APP

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