LAHORE The improvement in infrastructure of public sector schools across the province is need of the hour to cop with increasing number of students. These views were expressed by participants of a post-budget policy dialogue titled 'Effectiveness of Education Financing for FY 2011-12 in Punjab organised by Institute of Social and Policy Science in collaboration with Campaign for Quality Education and Department for International Development at a local hotel here on Tuesday. The speakers included education experts, parliamentarians, academics and representatives of civil society organisations. The participants believed that scarcity of resources was prime factors for low performing education system in the country. The dialogue was aimed at sharing an analysis of education budget for the fiscal year 2011-12 and to initiate a process of informed deliberations to facilitate improvement in public spending on education. While presiding over the discussion, Punjab Standing Committee on Education Chairman Chaudhry Javed Ahmed said that education budget had been blocked every year due to bad governing system. He said we were not getting desired results despite spending huge amount on education sector. While talking about the Danish Schools, he said he could not give remarks as it was brainchild of Punjab Chief Minister. Javed Ahmed said it was regretful that no political party had think tank on education, suggesting every political party should have educational wing. He regretted over the non-allocation budget for flood affected schools in the fiscal year 2011-12, saying he would bring this issue in the notice of Punjab Chief Minister. He said that public sector schools performance was better than the private sector. He said teachers were being exploited in private sector schools as they were not getting good salaries. We should enhance our public sector schools. I suggest that parliamentarians, bureaucrats and teachers should send their children in public sectors schools so the masses could trust on governmental institutions, Javed Ahmed added. Earlier, ISAPS Executive Director gave a comprehensive presentation, analysing education budget 2011-12. Abbas Rashid of CQE gave presentation on 'Disconnect between Research and Policy: Implications for Quality Education while Ahmed Ali of ISAPS come up with review on 'Article 25 (a): Challenges and Opportunities for Education at Provincial Level. They said despite witnessing some progress on education indicators at the national and provincial levels, much remains to be attained by Pakistan. In financial year 2011-12, Punjab had allocated Rs 60.49 billion for education sector, which showed an increase of 12 per cent over the last years allocations for this sector. The Punjab government has increased the education budget consecutively for the past many years, they added. The participants shared their views discoursing education budget from the standpoint of effective spending and to provide the much needed interface between government officials, public representatives and civil society for improving the effectiveness of resource allocations and spending in the education sector.