Literacy rate improved in Punjab: Shahbaz
27 August, 2013
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said due to the steps taken by the government, literacy rate had substantially improved while enrollment ratio of children in schools also increased.
He said the Punjab government had taken revolutionary and unprecedented measures for promotion of education during the last five years.
He was talking to a representative delegation of students in Islamabad on Monday which also included position-holder students of different Boards of Education.
He said that provision of resources for talented children was not expenditure but useful investment. He said that laptops programme initiated by Punjab was being followed in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh which is the proof of the fact that revolutionary reforms introduced in education sector in were are being appreciated not only in the country but also abroad.
Talking to the students' delegation, the chief minister said Punjab government took revolutionary measures for the development of education sector during its last tenure.
He said promotion of education had always been the priority of the government and that is why 14 Daanish schools had been established in seven different districts of the province for the benefit of less-privileged and resource-less but brilliant students while six new Daanish schools will be set up at a cost of Rs 3 billion during the current fiscal year.
The chief minister said government distributed more than 0.2 million laptops costing billions of rupees among talented students purely on merit basis during its last tenure.
Similarly, he said, laptops will be given to intelligent students this year as well. Sharif said Punjab Educational Endowment Fund was a historic programme and its volume had increased to Rs 12 billion. He said that due to this fund more than 50 thousand students were continuing their studies and no talented student will now remain deprived of higher education merely due to financial constraints. He further said that in accordance with millennium development goals, ensuring access to education to every child of school going age is the duty of the state and the educational policy of Punjab government has been evolved specifically to achieve this objective.
He said 100 percent enrolment of children is the target of the government for which universal primary education campaign has been launched. The chief minister said that the goal of 100 percent literacy rate will be achieved within next few years through enrolment of all children of school going age. He further said that a sum of Rs 3.5 billion was being spent for provision of missing facilities in all girl schools of the province.