Pakistan Govt to spend Rs 14bn on education this year

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday announced that the government will spend Rs 13 billion on establishing model schools in all the tehsils of Punjab and another Rs 1 billion will be spent on establishing computer labs in 4,000 high schools during the year.

Shahbaz was addressing the prize distribution ceremony, organised by the Punjab University, in honour of the position holders of the BA/ BSc exams. He announced prizes of Rs 300,000, Rs 200,000 and Rs 175,000 for the first three position holders. He also announced that the guard of honour given to the position holders would be standard procedure from now on. He also announced an award of Rs 200,000 for the teachers of the position holders and a prize of Rs 50,000 for Hina, a student of the Urdu Department who recited a Naat on the occasion. He said that the Punjab government would utilise all of its resources to improve the education sector. He also said that the government would provide funding to the university for the expansion of departments and facilities for faculty and students.

PhDs: Shahbaz said that the previous government had done nothing for the education system and that Pakistan was producing 70 PhDs per year as compared to the 7,000 PhDs per year from India. He announced that a committee was being formed under Higher Education Secretary Arifa Saboohi, which would set up a programme funded by the Punjab government to send top students abroad for higher education.

Referring to the sacked judiciary, he said that providing people with justice is another top priority for the government, which is why they had, in the budget, increased the salaries of the judges of the lower courts to three times their current amount. He also blamed the previous government for the poor economic conditions of the country.

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