LAHORE: A meeting presided over by the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took a number of important decisions, including computerisation of the entire examination system, capacity-building of teachers, approving up-gradation of primary, elementary schools under a phased programme and launching an enrollment campaign across Punjab from April 01 and mobile libraries.

The meeting decided that an institutional mechanism will be developed to promote education sector in addition to monitoring measures and programmes for the promotion of education while third-party audit will also be conducted.

Chief Minister during the meeting said that the process of introducing revolutionary reforms in education sector will be completed speedily. He said that besides restoring dignity and respect of teachers, special attention will be paid to their training for better education of students. He said that revolutionary reforms will be introduced in teachers’ training programme. He said that for the purpose of automation, the entire system from paper setting to checking and marking will be made foolproof with the help of information technology. The Chief Minister directed that for the purpose of promoting book reading culture, digital libraries be set up in parks and other important places where besides facility of online study, books would also be placed. The meeting also decided to set up computer labs in elementary schools and high schools.–APP

 It decided to move mobile libraries throughout the province.The Chief Minister directed that process of computerisation of examination system be completed by the end of current year and the new system be introduced from the next academic year. He directed that repair and construction work of the buildings of schools be completed within a year. He directed that proposals be formulated for setting up of new schools and their operation under public- private partnership. He said that digital monitoring system be evolved as early as possible for checking attendance in schools. He said that besides textbooks, practical notebooks are also being provided in schools free of cost. Giving approval to the launching of enrollment campaign in schools from April 01, the Chief Minister directed that enrollment of maximum number of students in schools through this campaign will be achieved and the drive will be pursued with a national spirit. He said that process of provision of missing facilities in public schools will be completed by the end of current fiscal year. Provincial Minister for Education, Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Parliamentary Secretary on Schools Education Mrs. Joyce Ruffin Julius, Member Provincial Assembly Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, secretaries of concerned departments and senior officials were present.