Friday, July 26, 2013 (APP) - Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has accorded approval to the recruitment of 72,000 educators in public schools of the province during next two years in addition to 80,000 educators recruited in the last fiscal year.
This step has been taken to ensure successful campaign for 100 percent enrollment in schools under enrolment emergency to be started from August 14 this year which requires more and more teachers to meet the expected phenomenal increase in the number of students throughout Punjab.
This was said by Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan while presiding over a meeting in connection with Punjab Schools Reforms Roadmap here Wednesday.
Rana Mashhood said that Punjab government under the dynamic leadership of Mian Shahbaz Sharif will surely achieve the Millennium Development Goals of United Nation more efficiently as compared to other provinces of Pakistan.
The educationists from Punjab will play an exemplary role to accomplish this gigantic task, he added.
He revealed that 74 percent kids of the age of 5 to 9 years are studying in primary schools of the province according to a survey conducted by PSLM Data of the Federal Bureau of Statistics in 2011.
It is heartening to learn that this ratio has increased to 87 percent enrolment in June 2013 according to Neilsen house hold survey which is a third party enrolment data.
The Minister expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that the dropout rate after enrolment of the kids is as high as 38 percent just after one year of their first enrolment in Montessori level.
He informed the meeting that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has decided to impose enrolment emergency from August 14 to August 16 this year during which the parents will be sensitized to send their kids to schools.
This task will be accomplished by door to door campaign through 30 thousand teachers preferably in 40 tehsils of 14 districts of the province in the first phase.
These districts include Lahore, Faisalabad, Kasur, Bhakkar, Vehari, Khanewal, Lodhran, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan.
Enrolment Directors and Enrolment Officers are being posted in each district while establishment of District Education Authority (DEA) will also materialize soon.
The provincial government will hire Chief Executive Officers for every DEA who will be responsible for implementation of the provincial educational policy in letter and spirit and will also monitor the output of EDOs and his subordinate officers in each district.
The Minister informed the meeting that the government has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 7.5 billion for provision of missing facilities to all the girls schools located in the 11 southern districts of Punjab this year.
In the next year, all the 55 thousand public sector educational institutions of the province will be provided with the missing facilities.
The meeting decided to hold an orientation workshop in Pearl Continental Lahore on Friday August 26 to sensitized all the members of Punjab Assembly about teachers transfer policy, enrolment emergency, teachers training programme and other initiatives taken by the Punjab government to promote education sector. Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan gave away Malik Meraj Khalid Excellence Awards to 56 teachers coming from private and public sector educational institutions of Shahdra, Imamia Colony, Jiya Musa, Rana Town, Ravi Road and the schools and colleges lying in vicinity of the river Ravi.