Punjab mulls increase in teachers' salaries
ISLAMABAD, May 11(The News): The Punjab government will increase the salaries of its 275,000
teachers in the next budget, Provincial Education Minister Mian Imran Masood
said on Wednesday.
Talking in a television programme, the minister said
the federal government was set to increase Punjab's share from 2.4 per cent of
GDP to 4 per cent in the forthcoming budget, enabling the provincial government
to increase emoluments of its staff, including teachers.
He said the
Rs21 billion three-year education reforms programme of Punjab has been extended
for two more years, aimed at making possible provision of missing facilities to
all government schools of the province.
Special incentives, like free
books, stipend for increasing the literacy rates, have been provided to students
of the province, he added. As many as 800 monitors have been recruited and
provided motorcycles to ensure strict vigilance of the reforms programme.
There are 63,000 schools in government sector in Punjab, he mentioned
and added that 40,000 schools had no basic facility when the programme was
started. There are 12.8 million students enrolled in Punjab schools, he further