Expressing grave concern over the poor results of public sector schools, MNA Chaudhry Armughan Subhani stressed the need for making an all-out effort at every level to promote quality education to restore public trust in the governmental schools.

Addressing an important meeting of the District Steering Committee for Education Promotion held at DCO Office, he said that teachers of the government schools, showing good academic results, should be encouraged as the step would be helpful in bringing more children to the schools.

He said that unfortunately, the government schools’ teachers were not performing well due to which the standard and quality of education was falling rapidly in Sialkot district and it is a point of grave concern and an eye opener for everyone.

Subhani ordered early retrieval of the government schools’ buildings illegally occupied by the local influential in Sialkot district’s all the four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils. He said that delay in retrieving the illegally occupied government schools would be considered as criminal negligence by the officials concerned. Later, District Coordination Officer Iftikhar Ali Sahu told the meeting that the district administration of Sialkot recently formulated the District Steering Committee for Education Promotion comprising the local elected representatives and senior officials of education department, with a renewed pledge to leave no stone unturned for ensuring provision of basic missing facilities to the government schools and promotion of quality education. The committee will hold its meeting every month to assess the progress and performance of Sialkot Education Department, besides reviewing regularly the pace of efforts regarding enrolment of children in government schools.

The DCO added that the Punjab government was spending a chunk of Rs5.5 billion for the promotion of quality education in all the government schools, saying that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had released a special grant of Rs350 million for provision of missing facilities including furniture, potable water, repairing of the buildings of different government schools in cooperation with the local elected lawmakers.

He said that 231,617 children have been enrolled in government primary, elementary and secondary schools under the Universal Enrolment Programme in Sialkot district. He said that the target of 100 percent ennoblement would soon be achieved. MPAs Ch Tariq Akhtar Subhani, Ch Muhammad Ikram, Muhammad Asif Bajwa Advocate, Rana Abdul Sattar, Rana Muhammad Afzal, Zulfiqar Ghauri and senior officials of Education Department also attended the meeting.