The Cholistan Community Schools, established in the previous tenure of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for the promotion of education in the region, will stop functioning on March 31 if the educational project is not extended by the government.

A few days ago, Cholistan Development Authority managing director sent a plan worth Rs173.430 million to the Punjab government for extension of the community school project to keep the 75 schools running for the next 5 years. The plan includes 20 schools in Cholistan area with Rahim Yar Khan, 14 in Bahawalnagar and 41 schools in the Cholistan area of Bahawalpur district.

In the PC One, salaries of the 75 senior teachers of Community Schools have been proposed to increase from Rs5,000 to Rs12,000. Likewise, 75 junior teachers’ salaries have been proposed to increase from Rs2,500 to Rs10,000. The project also includes the purchasing of books and teachers training.

The proposal was sent to the government for approval 3 days ago. If the plan is not extended, the future of more than 5,000 children and 150 teachers would be in jeopardy.

Local people said that for the five years, the teachers had been working hard to make the project successful. If these school are handed over to non-profit organisations, it would an act of cruelty against the teachers and students, they said.

IUB VC condoles death of ex-MNA: IUB/GSCWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of prominent social and political figure of the area former MPA Ch Abdul Majeed.

In a condolence message to the sons of late Ch Abdul Majeed, former MNA Saood Majeed, Masood Majeed, Mehmood Majeed and grandson PML-N leader Ch Saad Masood, Dr Muhammad Mukhtar prayed that Allah Almighty may rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude.

He paid rich tributes to the former Chairman/Mayor of the city, former MPA Ch Abdul Majeed for his remarkable services for public welfare and development of the area.