LAHORE- Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said the promotion of education is essential for curbing the trend of extremism , therefore, Punjab government is spending billions of rupees on the uplift of education sector.

He said that funds will be provided for the improvement of public sector schools without any delay. He was presiding over a high-level meeting to review the Punjab Schools Reforms Roadmap Program. Head of UK Department for International Development (DFID) Sir Richard Montgomery, Special Representative DFID, educationist Sir Michael Barber and representatives of World Bank, Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary School Education , Secretary Literacy, Secretary Finance, concerned officers and educationists attended the meeting.

Sir Michael Barber gave a detailed briefing on Punjab School Reforms Roadmap Program.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said Punjab School Reforms Roadmap is a splendid program and is yielding encouraging results. The enrollment campaign is going on successfully and five lac children have got admissions in schools during the last six months, he added.

He said that enrollment of 98 percent children will be ensured in schools during the next three years. He directed School Education Department to work hard for ensuring enrollment of maximum children in schools and perform this duty as a national obligation.

The Chief Minister said that the officials of the concerned districts showing good performance towards implementation of Punjab School Roadmap Program would be encouraged, while those guilty of inefficiency will be held accountable.