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‘28,000 labourers’ children getting free education’

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LAHORE: A delegation of students and teachers from private schools called upon the Provincial Minister for Labour Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi at his office on Tuesday.

Ehsanuddin urged the teachers to promote leadership qualities within the students as well as hone their talents, transforming them into confident and energetic youth leaders.

He said that 28,000 labourers’ children were being provided free-of-cost standardised education at 46 workers’ welfare schools while 8,000 schools had also been established that were providing education to the adults.

He added that public-private partnership could pave way for eradication of poverty and illiteracy by promoting qualitative education, especially among the underprivileged segment of society that was unable to afford quality education in expensive educational institutions due to lack of financial resources.

Ehsanuddin said that one of the priorities of the Punjab government was to set up universities for women in Bahawalpur, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad so that they too could acquire higher education in their own hometowns. Separately, stipends of one billion rupees were also being distributed among the girl students belonging to remote and deprived areas to encourage female education in these areas.

The minister further elaborated that the provincial government had provided a sum of Rs 10,000,000 for the promotion of education in the marginalised strata, mainly through introducing public-private partnership. 1.5 million deserving students across the province would be benefiting from these measures during the current educational year, he said, adding that a sum of Rs 46 billion would also be spent on the school education sector to elevate it to the international standards.

Hailing the launch of School Reforms Programme, Ehsanuddin said that as many as one million new students belonging to the age group of 5 to 9 had been enrolled in schools during the last two years across Punjab.

He also highlighted the distribution of 60,000 education vouchers among deserving students by the Punjab government, the aim being to provide an opportunity to the students to study in their choice of educational institution.

Ehsanuddin said that the government also carried out an education survey across 19 districts so as to expand the scope of the Education Vouchers Scheme in the new and underdeveloped districts. He maintained that all these facilities were being distributed equally among the male and female students as well as among the general public, adding that the process of distribution was completely transparent.

Daily Times, 04 January 2012


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