LAHORE - Government and nongovernmental organisations held various functions to mark the World Teachers’ Day in the city on Friday.

Speaking at an event, Punjab Schools Education Minister Murad Raas highlighted teachers’ role in making ‘New Pakistan’.

“No development is possible without the help of teachers and I hope every teacher would play his part for the purpose,” he said and promised capacity-building of teachers.

He added: “I salute to the teachers on this day and best environment will be provided to them in government schools so that they can educate young generation with dedication.”

The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust organised a special sitting at the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust where Punjab governor’s wife Parveen Sarwar and other notables paid tribute to teachers and highlighted their role in building a prosperous nation. Students also held walks at their institutes to mark the day. 

The University of Education, Township organised an event which was attended by VC Prof Dr Rauf-i-Azam, Chairman of Punjab Higher Education Commission Dr Nizamuddin, Islamia University VC Dr Habib Khan, Director General of Federal Higher Education Commission Farmanullah and faculty.

In his message on the day, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that role of teachers is pivotal in the life of the students as they give directions to students’ thinking and help enhance the intellect.

He continued: “Teachers enjoy important status in the society and are regarded as the spiritual father. Respect of teachers is binding on all of us. The nations that gave respect and honour to the teachers progressed. I owe my position in life to the hard work of my teachers and I pay tribute to my teachers who have always guided me at every occasion.”

The CM said: “The purpose of celebrating this day is to pay tributes to the multifarious role played by the teachers in building an educated and enlightened society and today, we should reiterate that teachers’ respect will be ensured at any cost,” concluded the chief minister.

The chief minister said that steps will be taken to give rights to the teachers.