LAHORE - The Punjab government is spending an amount of Rs.13 billion on the up-gradation of 3068 primary and middle schools situated in different districts of the province so that the students could get education near to their homes without being financially burdened.

This was stated by Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Raja Anwar while addressing the Annual Prize distribution ceremony of a low-cost private school at Khanpur on Lahore-Sheikhupura road on Saturday. Addressing the function, Raja Anwar said that special efforts had been initiated by the Punjab government to improve the academic standard of public sector schools in urban and remote areas so that the students could get quality education at their doorsteps. He maintained that private sector was also being encouraged to shoulder the cause of education through public-private partnership initiated by the Punjab Education Foundation. He told that Rs. 6 billion had been provided for the provision of missing facilities in 3613 government schools and hoped that this would improve the quality education. We are committed to open the doors of quality education to every child as this is their basic right, he said.

PEF Chairman further told that special programme had been launched to improve the capacity-building of private schools. Later, Raja Anwar distributed prizes among the brilliant students. The function was also addressed by school principal Rahila Rubab.