Punjab Education Minister Praises 100-Day Progress

Punjab Education Minister Praises 100-Day Progress

Punjab Education Minister Praises 100-Day Progress

Punjab’s Education Minister, Rana Sikandar Hayat, chaired a meeting of the Chief Minister’s Advisory Committee for Education. Senior officials, including the Secretaries of School Education (SED), Higher Education (HED), Special Education, and Non-Formal Education, were present at the meeting. The Education Minister was given a detailed briefing on the 100-day performance of these four educational departments.

Rana Sikandar Hayat expressed satisfaction with their progress, praising the officers for aligning with the Chief Minister Punjab’s vision. He remarked that the departments have achieved significant milestones within a short timeframe, placing them in a stronger position than three months ago. Over the past quarter, notable strides have been made in educational reforms. Among these achievements were the first-ever student council elections to promote leadership skills and the dismantling of cheating networks.

For the first time in its 20-year history, the province reported a record enrolment of over 1.1 million students. The Education Minister emphasized the establishment of new schools at the divisional level for transgender individuals and working children. The Student Health and Meal Program, which aims to benefit more than 700,000 students, will commence immediately after the summer break. Rana Sikandar Hayat also noted that school managements have been empowered for school development.

Moreover, technical courses will be introduced in over 100 schools to teach technology, with the goal of benefiting 10,000 students over the next four years. He also announced the introduction of an e-transfer policy, a first in the province’s history. The meeting included an update on the transfer of schools to the private sector. There was also a focus on developing an inclusive education policy and a thorough discussion on the 5-year education plan.

Regarding the school meal program, the Education Minister instructed that a pilot project be initiated in Rajanpur in partnership with the World Food Program, to be expanded across the province in stages. During the three-hour meeting, various recommendations were made to advance educational projects and initiatives.

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