The Punjab government has chalked out a comprehensive programme for up-grades of nearly 1,000 schools in the province under the Punjab Education Sector Reforms Programme (PESRP) 2011-2012 at an estimated cost of Rs3 billion.
An Education Department spokesperson told reporters that under this programme, 800 schools would be upgraded from the primary to middle level while 200 middle schools are scheduled for upgrades to the secondary level.
“This is a huge undertaking but we need to upgrade our public schools,” said Education Department official Asad Nauman.
Nauman said that out of the 800 schools marked for upgrades, 440 schools were boys schools and 360 were girls schools. Likewise, out of the middle to secondary level up-gradation drive, 115 schools are girls schools and 85 are boys schools.
In Faisalabad district, under the PESRP, 68 schools are to be upgraded out of which 30 are for boys while 38 are of girls.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2011.
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