Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday school students would have to correctly answer at least 85 per cent questions in examinations under a new phase of the Schools Reforms Roadmap. He said this would improve education standards and enhance students’ skills.
He said the government hoped to enrol all out-of-school children by 2018.
Sharif sad he would adopt a school in Lahore’s suburbs which he would supervise.
He said that provincial ministers, the chief secretary, secretaries, heads of various departments, commissioners, RPOs, DCOs and DPOs would also adopt a school each.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the new phase of the Punjab Schools Reforms Roadmap arranged by the Education Department at Aiwan-i-Iqbal.
The chief minister signed admission forms of two children and handed them textbooks, bags and stationery.
Sharif said that by setting up Daanish Schools in backward areas of the province, the government had provided quality education facilities to those who could not previously afford it.
The chief minister said the Educational Endowment Fund had been set up with a sum of Rs12 billion. He said more than 85,000 students were benefitting from the fund.
The chief minister said students of the Hasilpur Daanish School had won laurels for the country by achieving fifth position in an international science exhibition in Los Angeles. He said the Punjab government had prioritised education and was determined to meet targets to improve literacy.
Earlier, Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Education Department Secretary Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and DFID representative Michael Barber highlighted aims and objectives of the new phase of Punjab Schools Reforms Roadmap.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2015.