Over 2,500 schools to be upgraded in Punjab by 2008
ISLAMABAD, Oct 2: Around 2,500 schools will be upgraded in Punjab under
the Punjab Education Sector Reform Programme (PESRP) by the end of next year, an
official said on Monday.
Giving details, he told reporters that under the
programme around 1,526 primary schools would be elevated to middle level and 979
middle schools to high level.
So far, 905 schools had been upgraded since
the start of the project in 2004, he said.
"Out of the total upgraded
schools, 726 primary schools were given status of middle school while 179 middle
schools were ungraded to high level," he added.
He said under the
programme priority was being given to elementary schools, with special focus on
women's education in underdeveloped districts of the province. "Raising the
status of 392 female primary schools to the middle level in comparison with 334
male schools and 132 female middle schools to high level in comparison with 47
male schools is a testimony to this fact," he said.
He observed that
education, the key agent for social development, had been the priority agenda
for the Punjab Government during the last five years. "Today due to upgradation
of educational institutes and introduction of other reforms, the province was
well on its way to implement a holistic, sector-wise reform strategy," he
He said under the PESRP, a sum of Rs 17.5 billion had been
allocated during 2003-06 to provide missing facilities in schools. While around
27 million free textbooks had been provided on annual basis to about 11 million
students of government and the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) partner schools
from Class Nursery to Matric.
Around 350,000 female students of fifteen
low literacy districts, from Class 5th to 10th, have been given monthly stipend
of Rs 200 on quarterly basis contingent upon 80 percent school attendance, he
"In order to improve the evaluation system, Punjab Examination
Commission has also been established for examination of Class 5th to Class 8th
all over the province as per latest techniques," he added. App
"Friendship is a good thing to do but with clear intentions and determination."
Name: Apna Mazhar
City, Country: Lahore,Pakistan