Masood launches campaign to monitor education reforms
By Waqar Gillani
LAHORE: Punjab Education Minister Mian Imran Masood starts a month-long campaign to monitor the implementation of the Punjab chief minister’s Punjab Sector Education Reforms Programme (PSERP) from Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan divisions today (Monday).
The programme includes the provision of missing facilities in schools, stipends to girl students, provision of free textbooks, restructuring the Punjab Education Foundation, recruiting and training teachers, the evaluation and reactivation of school councils and an awareness campaign.
A programme monitoring implementation unit has been collecting data and reports from all the districts, but the purpose of his visits is to directly monitor the implementation and oversee the role of district governments, Mr Masood told Daily Times on Sunday.
“I will visit schools, colleges and the boards of intermediate and secondary education and will meet the heads of institutions and the education executive district officers.”
He said the district governments had a pivotal role in the implementation of the education reforms and and Rs 7 billion every year will be given to equip 63,674 schools with basic amenities under the PSERP.
“I will also hold meetings with district and tehsil nazims and other district government officials to hear their ideas about hoe to implement the programme.”
The PSERP started in various districts in September 2003 and Rs 21 billion will be distributed under it by 2006. The PSERP is aimed at giving more funds to the provincial and district governments to support the devolution process and improve the quality of education and access to education.