LAHORE: The Punjab Education Department has been directed to complete the rationalisation process of public sector schools in Pakistan’s most populous province to augment the schools infrastructure according to students-teachers ratio.
“The schools should complete this task by August 14, the National Independence Day,” Chairman Chief Minister’s Taskforce on Elementary Education Raja Anwar said on Sunday while presiding a departmental meeting of Rawalpindi Division’s School Education Department staff and district administration.
“The government is committed to providing all possible facilities to new schools so that the education process may not hamper in the absence of facilities,” he added.
The meeting reviewed in detail the pace of rationalisation process in Rawalpindi Division and discussed different proposals for its timely culmination.
While talking about the importance of science education, Anwar directed that every high school must have Math, Science, English and Computer subject teachers. Besides this, he added that a separate teacher should also be provided to handle Prep and Nursery classes.
He told that the Punjab government had allocated 12 per cent of the educational Annual Development Plan for the provision of schools furniture. He asked the educational district officers to submit comprehensive plans for the posting of highly qualified primary school teachers in the elementary and high schools so that the highly qualified teachers could be encouraged by the government.
He further directed to submit departmental recommendations for the conversion of 80 seminaries to primary schools in Punjab.
Anwar observed that necessary departmental mechanism should also be designed to improve admission rate and quality of education in public sector schools. He said that posting and transfers should be done during summer holidays and teachers to students’ ratio should also be rationalised according to needs.