LAHORE:18 July: Only two districts of Punjab, Okara, and Bhakkar, were able to retain their position in the quarterly ranking of districts in the provincial government’s own assessment of different facilities, learning outcomes of government-run schools in the province. According to the fourth quarterly ranking of districts and divisions, the top 2 districts of the province, Okara, and Bhakkar respectively, retained their ranking. Whereas compared to the last quarter, Jhelum and Vehari recorded the most decrease for the quarter, while Mianwali and Rahim Yar Khan districts climbed up the most positions in the rankings respectively. In a detailed comparison between the third and fourth quarters, Mianwali climbed 25 spots, Rahim Yar Khan 22, Narowal climbed 14 positions, Gujrat 11, Nankana Sahib nine, Hafizabad six, Chiniot, Sheikhupura and Sialkot six, Faisalabad and Khushab five, Lahore four, Khanewal, Pakpattan, and Sargodha climbed three positions and Rajanpur was up one rank. Bhakkar and Okara districts retained their ranks. The comparison showed that Gujranwala dropped one rank, Lodhran three, Chakwal and Dera Ghazi Khan four positions, Layyah, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal and Toba Tek Singh dropped six ranks, Bahawalnagar and Mandi Bahauddin dropped seven positions, Bahawalpur and Kasur dropped eight ranks, Multan downgraded nine positions, Attock, Jhang, and Muzaffargarh were ranked 10 positions below their previous positions, while Vehari and Jhelum fared the worst with a drop in 12 and 13 ranks respectively. CJP hints at nationalisation of private schools in the country The ranking, part of the Chief Minister’s School Reforms Roadmap, collects a plethora of indicators to measure the performance of public schools in all the 36 districts of the province. The ranking grades the districts and divisions accordingly based on several indicators collected in the three months. The ranking uses literacy and numeracy indicators based on the percentage of results of tests of English, Math, and Urdu, student and teacher attendance, student retention, infrastructure and facilities, and monitoring by administrative staff. The current ranking is for the fourth quarter of 2017-18 calculated between April and May of 2018. According to the ranking, the top five ranks were secured by Okara, Bhakkar, Pakpattan, Sargodha, and Khanewal respectively. Sahiwal has been declared the top division during the quarter. The bottom five districts include Dera Ghazi Khan on 32 position, Multan on 33, Bahawalpur on 34, Gujranwala on 35 and Rawalpindi on the last spot at 36 among the districts. Advance charges: Capital’s schools barred from charging summer fees According to a notification issued by the Punjab Education Sector Reform Programme (PMIU) Programme Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PESRP), the education managers of the top five districts will be awarded honorarium based on the result compiled through Performance Evaluation Index (PEI) of the PMIU-PERSP. The notification said, “Administrators and Chief Executive Officers of District Education Authorities and Commissioner [of the top performers] are entitled to receive an honorarium equivalent to two months’ gross pay as per Finance Department’s letter.” Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2018.