LAHORE: Laptops and cash awards were distributed among position holders in matriculation examinations at a ceremony organised in Model Town on Thursday.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif gave away laptops and cheques for Rs100,000 each to the students. He announced that the government would bear education expenses of position holders from low-income households.
“These students are our heroes. They have secured top positions through hard work and dedication,” he said.
He said the provincial government would bear their education expenses through the Punjab Education Endowment Fund.
“The time has come for a revolutionary policy for education which will equip students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to serve their country,” he said.
“We must eradicate the gulf between the rich and the poor. This year’s position holders have proved that the most motivated students come from trying circumstances. We must take away their burden and enable them to build a good life for themselves and their families.”
The chief minister said the provincial government had devised a comprehensive policy to improve the status of education in the province.
The chief minister also saluted head mistresses of girls’ schools for motivating their parents to send them to schools and bearing the expenses of their education from their own pocket.
“We need more educators which such dedication,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2016.