100,000 more will get laptops this year :Shahbaz


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the process of reformation of education sector is continuing successfully and the Punjab government has initiated revolutionary programmes for empowerment of youth which have yielded positive and highly encouraging results.

Presiding over a high-level meeting on Tuesday which reviewed various programmes of the Education Department, Shahbaz said the Punjab government had distributed more than two lac laptops worth Rs10 billion among talented students purely on the basis of merit during its previous tenure while one lac laptops will be given to brilliant students on merit basis during the current year.

He said that the entire process, from purchase till distribution of the laptops, will be completely transparent.

The CM said that the Punjab government is taking short, medium and long term measures for the uplift of the education sector and in addition to promotion of education, special attention is being paid to teachers’ training, adding that the British Department for International Development (DFID) is playing a commendable role in this regard.

Referring to his recent visit to Britain, Shahbaz said British Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy PMs and other ministers appreciated the measures taken by the Punjab government for development of the education sector and it is a matter of honour that friendly countries are extending full cooperation for the progress of education and other sectors.

Shahbaz directed that the initiative of computerisation of the examination system be accelerated as it will help ensure complete transparency in the examination system.

He also ordered that the programme of installation of filtration plants in schools be expedited.

The CM took notice of the incident of snatching of solved papers in Bahawalpur and ordered immediate arrest of the culprits.

“No one will be allowed to play with the academic career of students,” he said.

The CM also directed the authorities concerned to evolve a foolproof system for despatch of papers from the examination centers to curb such incidents in future.