Rawalpindi - The government of Punjab is committed to enrol every child in school, said Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan during a media briefing about “Parho Punjab Barho Punjab” here on Wednesday.

Rana Mashhood said that school reforms roadmap programme “Parho Punjab Bahro Punjab” was being successfully implemented in Punjab with the objectives to provide all the required educational facilities, besides provision of text books and related accessories, free of cost. He informed that 140,000 teachers had been appointed on merit while 200,000 teachers had been trained for their capacity building. Similarly, the school attendance percentage in government schools had also been increased up to 95 percent.

He informed that 1,000 assistant education officers had been recruited for proper monitoring of education services while elected representatives and officers of administration and education department had been asked to adopt a school for ensuring quality education services. He said that occupied land of 16 educational institutions had been recovered from land grabbers while a special cell had been established to pursue legal actions against land mafia. He further informed that special solar projects had been introduced to those educational institutions where facility of electricity was unavailable.

Mashhood informed that he himself was visiting all district headquarters to review measures adopted to implement “Parho Punjab Barho Punjab” programme.

Earlier in a meeting with elected representatives and officers of administration, the provincial education minister highlighted salient features of the programme. Secretary Education Punjab Abdul Jabar Shaheen briefed him about details for proper implementation of Parho Punjab Barho Punjab programme.

Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed said that every effort would be made to achieve the fixed targets with regard to enrolment and improving standard of education.