Punjab schools upgrade programme
LAHORE, Sept 12: Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi
said on Tuesday that a programme to up-grade schools in the province was being
started under the Education Sector Reforms Programme.
He told a meeting
at CM's Secretariat that strengthening education was important for the
province's socio-economic development and therefore the government had made an
unprecedented increase in the education budget.
He said the teachers'
training programme had been successful and was being continued to improve the
standard of education. He also said 180,000 teachers had been trained under the
programme. He said the provision of financial assistance to private schools in
backward areas under public-private partnership had yielded encouraging results
regarding the promotion of education.
Elahi said improvement in the
standard of education was helping achieve the targets of social development and
poverty alleviation. He said new teachers had also been recruited to make up the
shortage of academic staff. He said an effective monitoring system had helped
achieve the objectives of the Education Sector Reforms Programme.He said that
because of free education and textbooks up to the matric level and monthly
stipends to female students, there was a large increase in the number of
enrolments in schools. He said the recently announced package of incentives for
the teaching community would result in reviving their dignity and respect in
society as well as the promotion of education. The chief minister told the
Education Department to identity areas where there was a need to upgrade school
so that better academic facilities could be provided to these areas. Daily times
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