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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 said.
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