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11Jun/120

10pc of elite school seats for the underprivileged

LAHORE, June 9: The Punjab government has allocated Rs31.307 billion current and development budget for education sector for the financial year 2012-13, raising it by 15.35 per cent against current financial year allocation of Rs27.141 billion.

However, the revised allocation for the fiscal 2011-12 shows that the Punjab government had spent Rs33.573 billion, some Rs6.432 billion over and above the estimated budget for the fiscal year.

The government has allocated Rs25.065 for education sector annual development programme. The development budget break-up shows that Rs15 billion have been allocated for school education, Rs6.650 billion for higher education, Rs700 million for special education, Rs915 million for literacy and Rs1.8 billion for sports.

The government has allocated a one-line budget of Rs210.983 billion to the local government for the next financial year.

Almost 80 per cent of this budget (around Rs168 billion) goes to school education department in respective districts in the province. Most of this allocation goes to schoolteachers’ salaries.

The education sector development budget includes Rs18 billion for special development initiatives – Rs6.5 billion for Punjab Education Foundation, Rs4 billion for laptops for brilliant students, Rs2 billion for Daanish Schools and Rs2 billion for Punjab Education Endowment Fund, Rs1.5 billion for TEVTA/TEVTEC, Rs1 billion for purchase of buses for women colleges and Rs1 billion for newly-established Punjab Information Technology University.

The government had also allocated Rs5.5 billion for Punjab Millennium Development Goals programme in the social sector that includes education, notwithstanding its dismal performance in terms of achieving MDGs.

Responding to massive demand for bringing the private sector educational institutions under official monitoring, the Punjab government has announced that all such institutions – schools,

colleges, professional colleges and universities –charging more than Rs5,000 fee per month would allocate at least 10 per cent seats for students belonging to non-affording under-privileged class of society. The government will ensure that such students be given admission to the private sector institutions on merit.

According to allocations for education sub-sectors, the government has allocated Rs904.286 million for pre-primary education, Rs10.899 billion for secondary education, Rs15.904 billion for tertiary (higher) education, Rs160.966 million for education services non-definable by level; Rs239.435 million for subsidiary services to education and Rs3.198 billion for education affairs, services not elsewhere classified.

SCHOOL EDUCATION: The Punjab government has allocated Rs2 billion for setting up eight Daanish schools in Vehari, Layyah, Lodhran and Bhakkar during the next financial year. So far, six Daanish schools had been set up.

Claiming that Rs1.9 billion had been used for the conversion of public schools into model ones, the Punjab government has allocated Rs700 million for upgrading public schools, having more than 1,000 enrolment, as Centres of Excellence.

Under the Punjab Education Sector Reform Project, a provision of Rs6.25 billion had been made for disbursement of stipend to girls and free textbooks and management of public sector schools through school councils.

The Punjab government has also shown its commitment towards meeting MDGs in education, stating it would ensure that all school-going age group children be given education. It claimed to have achieved goals of its school enrolment campaign,
ensuring 85 per cent enrolment.

The government has announced recruitment of 16,000 science and mathematics teachers in schools on merit during the financial year.

In order to improve school education, the Punjab government has allocated Rs4 billion for the provision of missing facilities in primary and middle schools. Rs520 million have been allocated for the upgrade of girls middle schools to high
schools. The government has allocated Rs200 million for science laboratories.

 HIGHER EDUCATION: The Punjab government has allocated Rs1 billion for establishment of a state-of-the-art Information Technology University. Temporarily, this university has launched its classes in Arfa Karim IT Tower.

The government has also completed spadework for setting up a technical university in Sialkot, Knowledge City in Rakha Terra, and Knowledge Park in Muridke.

It has committed that it would complete the construction of 59 new colleges across the province during the financial year.

1Jun/122

PUNJAB LEAVE RULES 1981

PUNJAB LEAVE RULES 1981 REVISED (FOR DETAIL OF CASUAL  LEAVE RULES SEE PAGE 22)

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