Lahore—Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting, here today, which granted formal approval to “Khadim-e-Punjab Schools Programme” for construction of additional classrooms in schools. The meeting gave also approval the design of the classrooms to be constructed in schools. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that thousands of additional classrooms will be constructed with a cost of Rs.15 billion which will result in better educational facilities to students in the province. He said that additional classrooms will be constructed in 16 districts of south Punjab on priority basis.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab government is implementing a big programme of promotion of quality education and provision of missing facilities in schools of the province and billions of rupees are being spent for this purpose. He said that besides building additional classrooms, construction work is also being carried out speedily on rehabilitation of dilapidated buildings of schools. He said that due attention will be paid to standard of construction of these classrooms as per policy of Punjab government. The Chief Minister directed that best companies be selected for the project and modern technology be utilized for the purpose of construction. Shehbaz Sharif said that every penny of public money is a trust of the nation and its transparent utilization will be ensured. He said that a steering committee has already been formulated for construction of additional rooms under “Khadim-e-Punjab Schools Programme” and this committee will monitor implementation of the project and other matters. The Chief Minister said that promotion of education is the key to rapid progress. He said that the dream of progress and prosperity could not be materialized without equipping the youth with education and in view of this fact, Punjab government has made promotion of education its foremost priority.
He said that revolutionary steps have been taken for promoting education across the province. The Chief Minister said that the measures taken for promotion of education are proving fruitful and government programmes for promotion of education have left a positive impact on uplift of education sector.