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June 16, 2017

Education vital for sustainable development, says Shahbaz

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June 16, 2017

Congratulates Chinese president on his 64th birthday; praises his Belt and Road initiative as source of lasting peace, economic stability

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday described durable promotion of education as the basis for sustainable development and said the provincial government had allocated a huge amount of Rs 345 billion for the sector, which was around Rs 33 billion more than current year’s funds.

The chief minister said a comprehensive policy had been adopted to mould the educational system according to the requirements of modern-day challenges.  He said only those nations were able to develop which had a developed education system and that’s why the Punjab government made promotion of education a priority through comprehensive reforms. The issues like poverty and joblessness could only be resolved through education, he added.

The chief minister said different proactive steps – including merit-based appointment of teachers, Zever-e-Taleem Programme, teacher training, reimbursement of fees, increase and up-gradation of schools and colleges, introduction of science and computer labs, promotion of IT through Tevta, distribution of laptops among brilliant students and their international study tours, and literary contests – were a clear proof of education-friendly policies.

Talking to a delegation, Shahbaz especially mentioned that the monthly stipend for girl students in 16 less-developed districts had been increased, through which around 462,000 girls were benefiting.  “An amount of Rs.6.5 billion has been provided for Zever-e-Taleem Programme in the next financial year. It is heartening that it has proved very useful for enhancing as well as maintaining the enrolment ratio in the schools,” he noted.  Separately, the chief minister has congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on his 64th birthday.

In a message, Shahbaz expressed his good wishes for Xi and prayed for his health and longevity. He commended the personal efforts of the Chinese president for further strengthening Pak-China relations and said the mega investment package for Pakistan has helped to strengthen Pakistan’s economy.

He said Xi had made China the world’s economic power in a short period of time with his vision and balanced economic policies. The chief minister said the Belt and Road initiative of Xi was not only the harbinger of a bright future but also a historic step which had secured the future. “In my opinion, the Belt and Road vision of Chinese President Xi Jinping will bring lasting peace, economic stability and durability in the region,” he added.


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