LAHORE - Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said provincial government is working hard to achieve 88 per cent literacy rate by 2015 to fulfill the international commitment under millennium development goals.

He said that 262,500 students from 4 to 15 years were being educated under non-formal basic education schools.

He said that government was implementing a comprehensive programme for providing modern educational facilities to children and all out cooperation as well as assistance is bring provided to private schools.

The minister said that the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) was providing grants and scholarships to private educational institutions and students as they are performing a valuable service in the field of education.

The government is fully aware of its responsibility in developing educational sector by providing the basic education and this is the reason that government launched primary enrolment campaign to achieve 100 percent literacy rate in the province, he concluded.