Rs 8.5bn allocated to reconstruct dilapidated school buildings

LAHORE:03 July: Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed has said that the Punjab government has allocated record 27 percent budget for education, which will help improve its quality.
He said that the amount of Rs 8.5 billion has been allocated to construct dangerous school buildings throughout the province. Such schools have been identified and their construction will be initiated soon, he added. He expressed these views while addressing the meeting of steering committee constituted in connection with identification and construction of dilapidated school buildings. Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Raja Qamar ul Islam, Secretary Schools Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, Special Secretary Schools Ahmed Ali Kamboh and other concerned officers were present on the occasion. While addressing the meeting, the Minister said that the government is providing all out resources for provision of quality education. Several steps are being taken to provide missing facilities in schools and to enhance enrolment.
The construction of dangerous school buildings will be started soon and negligence will not be tolerated in this regard. Third party audit of construction will be conducted to maintain transparency, he added. Secretary Schools told the meeting that as many as 892 schools buildings are completely damaged whereas 2638 schools are partially affected. Earlier, Education Minister chaired a meeting to review steps taken for improvement of quality education through public private partnership. The Minister said that the role of private sector and NGOs is very important regarding provision of education. He directed to provide best facilities of sports and co-curriculum activities to students in educational institutions. He also directed to make IT labs of schools functional as early as possible. Daily Times.

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