LAHORE, June 03: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting here today to review progress on Punjab Schools Reforms Road map.
The Chief Minister and the road map team expressed satisfaction over the progress. Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has earmarked historic funds for education sector in the coming financial year and an overall Rs.345 billion have been allocated for education sector which is Rs.33 billion more than the amount earmarked in the outgoing financial year.
Shehbaz sharif said that Punjab government has outsourced 4300 schools showing poor performance due to which the number of students in these schools has increased. The Chief Minister said he believes that the outsourcing has produced good results and a plan has been made to outsource 10,000 more schools.
The Chief Minister directed concerned authorities to fill all vacant posts in Schools Education Department. He said that the scope of hotline, established by Punjab Information Technology Board, to get feedback of parents will be expanded to 36 districts.
Managing Partner Delivery Associates Sir Michael Barber, Head DFID in Pakistan Joanna Reed, chief of Special Monitoring Unit Fatima Zaidi, DFID representative in Punjab Ms. Ruth Graham, other partners of roadmap team, Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Ch. Muhammad Shafique, Syed Raza Ali Gillani, Special Assistant Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, Vice Chairman Punjab Educational Endowment Fund Dr. Amjad Saqib, Adviser Dr. Umer Saif, Chairman Punjab Education Foundation MPA Engineer Qamar ul Islam, Chief Secretary, MPA Gull Naz Shehzadi, secretaries of concerning departments, educationists and senior officials were present on the occasion.
The meeting reviewed the proposal to open various community schools to enhance enrolment rate. Sir Michael Barber told the meeting that Punjab government has made exceptional progress to achieve targets set to increase education standards.