LAHORE -  Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said educational reforms have been on and his government has been battling for betterment of youth.

“In the previous term, the Punjab government distributed more than 200,000 laptops worth Rs10 billion among talented students on merit, while 100,000 more will be given this year,” he said while presiding over a meeting held to review various programmes of Education Department.

The chief minister said that the Punjab government is taking short, medium and long term steps for the uplift of education sector and in addition to promotion of education, special attention is being paid to teachers’ training.

He said that British Department for International Development (DFID) is playing a commendable role in this regard. Referring to his recent visit to Britain, the Chief Minister said that British Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister and other ministers have appreciated the measures taken by the Punjab government for the development of education sector and it is a matter of honour that friendly countries are extending full cooperation for the progress of education and other sectors.

Shahbaz Sharif directed that the programme of computerization of examination system be accelerated as it will help ­ensure complete transparency in the examination system. He also directed that the programme of installation of filtration plants in schools be expedited. The Chief Minister took notice of the incident of snatching of solved papers in Bahawalpur and ordered immediate arrest of the culprits. He said that no one will be allowed to play with the academic career of the students. He directed authorities concerned to evolve a foolproof system of the dispatch of papers from the examination centers to curb such incidents in future.