LAHORE (Dunya News) - Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar reiterated to provide equitable access to four million children to best educational opportunities.
Chief minister chaired a meeting to review education sector reforms. The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Education Minister Murad Raas, secretaries of the Information and School Education Departments and others.
Addressing the meeting CM said that the upgradation of more than 27 thousand schools will result in enhancing the enrolment ratio and it is sanguine that 10 thousand schools of south Punjab are also included in this list.
While giving the details, the CM said that more than 20 thousand primary schools will be upgraded to the elementary level in the first phase. 6653 elementary schools will be given the status of high schools in the next phase, he said. Similarly, high schools will be upgraded as higher secondary schools, he continued.
The CM stressed that schools will be upgraded purely on merit, without caring for any political recommendations or attachment. He disclosed that second shift elementary classes are also planned in primary schools while second shift elementary classes will also be started in elementary schools.
Besides this, the CM added that 6653 computer and science labs will also be established in upgraded schools. It is satisfying that 1 million out of school children are enrolled in government schools in one year and schools councils are also reconstituted alongside, concluded the CM.