LAHORE - A high level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday gave approval to enhancing the amount of scholarship to the girl students of high schools in southern Punjab and the other less developed districts.

The meeting which also reviewed the progress of implementation on reforms progeramme, promotion of education in schools, construction of additional rooms and improvement of enrollment, decided to adopt immediate measures for achieving the target of 100 per cent enrollment in schools and ensuring availability of resources for the admission of maximum number of students especially girls.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that education and not labour is the destiny of children. He said that it is the responsibility of the government to equip every child with education and a comprehensive programme is being implemented for this purpose.

He said that the children working at brick kilns, workshops, petrol pumps and hotels will be enrolled while child labour will be eliminated at any cost. He said that financial assistance will be provided through Khidmat cards to children working in workshops, petrol pumps and hotels if they go to school.

Shehbaz Sharif said a strategy is being devised for the admission of working children to schools. He directed the department concerned to work with commitment for achieving the desired results from the investment of billions of rupees on the future of the nation. He said that it is the responsibility of Minister and department concerned to achieve the target set for improvement of education sector.

He said that billions of rupees are being spent on the up-gradation of schools and provision of missing facilities. He directed that immediate steps should be taken for capacity-building of Punjab Education Foundation. He said that required funds will be made available for admission of maximum number of girls to schools.