Punjab Education Efforts - Huffington Post



  • Samina 's school is part of the transformation taking place in Punjab's huge education system, in both the state-run and private schools. It serves a population of 100 million - in effect a country 80% larger than the United Kingdom. There are some 20 million children now in school but a further 3 million are still not attending at primary level alone. The Punjab Government itself spends about £1,000 million every year on its schools, 25% of its provincial budget. The UK taxpayer's contribution of about £25 million per annum is just over 2% of the total and greatly valued by Punjab.

    Since the UK started work with the Punjab government, school attendance has risen to 88% and 81,000 more teachers have been employed in the state system. By tackling the reasons for teacher absenteeism, a further 20,000 more teachers are in the classroom each day; and 680,000 teachers have learned to use the teachers' guides developed with the UK's help.

    The education which Samina and many others like her are providing to the children of Punjab is giving them a chance in life. But, as the Chief Minister of Punjab told us, it is also essential to counter the teachings of those who would lure youngsters into a life of terrorism with the promise of martyrdom.

    The Chief Minister - whose commitment to the education reform programme is a key reason for its progress - is clear about something else. He does not want to depend on aid from the UK taxpayer indefinitely. Raising more revenue from taxes for education, health and his other responsibilities is high on his agenda. But in the meantime, he welcomes the UK as a partner in the goal of each child in Punjab having a "free, compulsory and internationally competitive education."

    Read complete article here:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jeremy-lefroy/punjabs-education-reform-programme_b_2285584.html



  • I dont think PTIans should read or comment on this thread.



  • Shirazi Bhyya

    please aap hee is chori pe roshni dalen.....IK boys dont have time due to other commitments



  • Author: Jeremy Lefroy is Member of Parliament for Stafford, UK.

    So here it is folks, a bogus trumped BS article written by a politician in order to justify it's governments free hand outs to Punjab Government.

    Libdem/Con government is under investigation for handing out GBP 1.2 billion to foreign government and this guy is trying to justify them.

    He is not journalist, just a politician trying to cover his behind. Here is the real investagative article by a renowned journalist.

    Pakistan politicians accused of squandering money on school laptops as British aid rolls in

    Millions of pounds of British taxpayers' money is being spent to encourage children to go to school in Pakistan's Punjab province, at the same time as local politicians are accused of squandering their education budget to buy votes with free laptops for students.

    The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has given the Punjab government about £63m for education since 2009, as part of a grant that will eventually total £77m.

    Critics believe the foreign cash has made it easier for Punjab's leaders to raid their own education budget to buy votes ahead of a general election expected early next year.

    So far they have spent about £26m on 100,000 free computers – and have promised to distribute another 300,000, worth a further £78m.

    Imran Khan, the former Pakistani cricket captain and a contender to be the country's next president, said the laptops were a political gimmick.

    "Time and again aid is a curse for Third World countries," he said. "It stops us making reforms. Rather than forcing the government to balance their budgets, in this case it is being used in election year to buy votes."

    British aid officials insist that their cash is carefully monitored and is not being spent on laptops.

    The controversy illustrates the fraught nature of giving aid to Pakistan. The country has one of the lowest rates of tax collection in the world – at about 10 per cent of gross domestic product, compared with about 29 per cent for the UK - yet spends billions of dollars on a growing nuclear arsenal while collecting billions more in aid from donors.

    Despite concerns about corruption, the country is to become the biggest recipient of British aid by 2015 – receiving £446m in 2015.

    The links are so tight that DFID has even installed Sir Michael Barber, former head of Tony Blair's Downing Street "delivery unit", as education adviser to Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab's chief minister.

    At the same time, the laptop giveaway is hugely controversial in Pakistan, a country where 17m children are not in school and half the adult population is illiterate.

    Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, is accused of bribing the electorate ahead of elections expected next year when his brother, Nawaz, will be one of the candidates for prime minister.

    Some enterprising students have put their computers up for sale on the internet or sold them to electrical stores, while education experts say Punjab should be spending its money on classrooms or blackboards.

    Professor Pervez Hoodbhoy said a digital giveaway was not the answer to Pakistan's education crisis,

    "The virtues that an education system ought to have – integrity, outreach, basic necessities - those have to be fulfilled before one gets into hi-tech glitzy stuff," he said.

    However, supporters of the programme dismiss allegations of corruption.

    They say laptops are only distributed to those who meet stringent criteria based on exam results and that each computer benefits an entire family not just an individual.

    Mian Naseer, who sits in the Punjab Assembly for the PML-N party of Nawaz Sharif, said the criticism was motivated by political jealousy. Only students who hit exam targets were being given computers, he said.

    "There is no corruption," he said. "This is something that should be done and should be done all over Pakistan."

    A DFID spokesman said British cash was being used to fund stipends for girls so they can afford to go to school and being put towards low-cost schooling for the poorest.

    "UK funding is not substituting Government of Punjab spend on education," he said. "In fact, the Government of Punjab has actually increased the amount it spends on education by around 13 per cent this year, thanks in large part to the work it has been doing with DFID."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9250319/Pakistan-politicians-accused-of-squandering-money-on-school-laptops-as-British-aid-rolls-in.html



  • Before Imran, this is what T i n d-e-Aala was doing to education in Punjab.

    LAHORE Despite tall claims about its focus on education, the Punjab government has slashed education sectors development and non-development budget by 17.8 per cent, decreasing the allocation for 2009-10 to Rs45.509 billion from Rs55.401 billion for 2008-09.

    The Punjab government has allocated Rs23.125 billion development budget and Rs22.384 non-development budget for the next financial year showing a sharp decline from current fiscal allocations of Rs30.129 billion development and Rs25.272 billion non-development budget. The decrease in development and non-development budget can be calculated as 23.247 per cent and 11.428 per cent, respectively.

    For the current financial year, the Punjab government had allocated a budget of Rs54.599 billion for the 35 districts. This year, the budget documents are silent about the allocations to district governments. The White Paper, however, says `Education is largely a devolved function and after devolution the bulk of expenditures in the education sector are made through Provincial Finance Commission (PFC) transfers to district governments.

    According to the break-up of provincial development budget of Rs23.125 billion, Rs13.6 billion (17.345 per cent less) has been allocated for school education, Rs6.125 billion (32.692 per cent less) for higher education, Rs1 billion (45 per cent less) for special education and Rs800 million (36 per cent less) for literacy.

    The Punjab government has allocated Rs2.3 billion development budget for the promotion of information technology including a block allocation of Rs1 billion for the Software Technology Park. The remaining Rs1.3 billion has been allocated for the development of information technology sector. For this financial year, the allocation for the information technology was Rs1.5 billion.

    The Punjab government has enhanced allocation for the Punjab Education Foundation from Rs3 billion to Rs4 billion – a 25 per cent increase.

    The government has also enhanced the development budget for sports with an allocation of Rs1.6 billion for 2009-10 against Rs1.5 billion for the current fiscal.

    For Tevta, the government has allocated Rs2.3 billion development budget, keeping it on a par with the allocation for the current financial year.

    As a major initiative to offer quality education with boarding and lodging facility to children belonging to the poorest segment of the society, the Punjab government has decided to establish the Daanish Schools System with a block allocation of Rs3 billion for the next financial year. In order to provide this school system sustainability, the government is establishing an autonomous Daanish School System and Centres of Excellence Authority. The Rs3 billion allocation would be used by this new authority.

    The government is embarking upon a comprehensive plan of introducing technical education along with computer education in high schools with a total allocation of Rs3.244 billion. The government is providing Rs578 million for the provision of equipment for this vocational education project, which will provide life skills and employability to high school students.

    Upon successful completion of the Punjab Education Sector Reforms Programme-II (PESRP), the World Bank and Punjab government have agreed to a second phase of education sector reforms with a total financing of $350 million. The programme is primarily meant to address quality, access and governance issues.

    Main interventions will include establishment/upgradation of primary, middle and high schools with an allocation of Rs3.5 billion, provision of missing facilities in 1,500 schools with a budget of Rs4 billion and Accelerated Programme for School Education (setting up new schools) with an allocation of Rs700 million.

    According to details, the government has decided to upgrade over 600 primary schools to middle schools and 200 middle schools to high schools with the budget allocation of Rs2.5 billion and Rs1 billion, respectively.

    In addition, the government has made an allocation of Rs438 million to strengthen the examination system, teachers` recruitment/training, strengthen the district level management and improve governance through empowered School Councils.

    IT Labs Project

    The Punjab IT Labs project, launched by this government last year with some initial spadework, is expected to be completed during the financial year 2009-10, covering 4,286 high and higher secondary schools across the province. For this purpose, the government has allocated Rs2.929 billion. The government believes that this project will be the most significant step toward bridging the information and technology divide between public and high-end private sector education.

    http://archives.dawn.com/archives/150615



  • All you noonars out there if it werent for them inqalabis your beloved leadership of ladu brothers would have done nothing for you. PMLN people pray PTI get 10-15 seats is tarhan gunjay sahi chalain gaay.



  • "Politicians" are not just bogus but they are also trumped up and talk and write BS articles"

    This is in accordance with the teachings and preachings of IK .......instead of politicians one must rely on Generals.



  • And than in 2011 Drama e Aaala only increaed the budget by 0.8 Billion

    Punjab education budget up by Rs0.8 bn

    Khalid Khattak

    Saturday, June 11, 2011

    From Print Edition

    LAHORE: The Punjab government has earmarked Rs23.9 billion for the province’s education sector under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2011-2012. The present development allocation for the sector is substantially low when compared to revised allocation for the year 2010-2011, which remained only Rs13.8 billion as against original allocation of Rs23.1 billion.

    However, a meagre increase is noticed if the current development allocation of Rs23.9 billion is compared with Rs23.1 billion, the last year’s original development budget for the education sector. The provincial budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 was announced on Friday.

    According to the break-up of development budget 2011-2012 for education sector, Rs14.5 billion has been allocated for School Education, Rs6.5 billion for Higher Education, Rs0.5 billion for Special Education, Rs0.8 billion for Literacy & Non-Formal Basic Education and Rs1.6 billion for Sports. In the last fiscal year 2010-2011, Rs14.05 billion was allocated for School Education, while revised allocation stood at only Rs9.1 billion. For the Higher Education, original allocation was Rs6.3 billion.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=52014&Cat=2



  • Let's not change the topic here, you wanted IK boys to comment on this "heap of cow dung", now take the heat and defend your leader's t i n d.



  • well done IK boys.....carry on.

    i also want the t i n d a leader to be stripped naked.

    the t i n d a i am talking about also got botox treatment!!!



  • Bas leader ki tarah maafi maang ker patli gali say nikal liye?



  • I think its not just CM Punjab who needs to be stripped naked by the boys but the UK MP who wrote the article also needs some 'insafi medicine' as metted out to many Pakistani writers and politicians........ look what he said in the article.....

    "Since the UK started work with the Punjab government, school attendance has risen to 88% and 81,000 more teachers have been employed in the state system. By tackling the reasons for teacher absenteeism, a further 20,000 more teachers are in the classroom each day; and 680,000 teachers have learned to use the teachers' guides developed with the UK's help.

    The Chief Minister - whose commitment to the education reform programme is a key reason for its progress - is clear about something else. He does not want to depend on aid from the UK taxpayer indefinitely. Raising more revenue from taxes for education, health and his other responsibilities is high on his agenda. But in the meantime, he welcomes the UK as a partner in the goal of each child in Punjab having a "free, compulsory and internationally competitive education"



  • @Qaiser,

    If you disagree with above, how would have PTI done it?



  • LHR,

    What are Jeremy's sources? How did he get those figures about attendence, etc?

    Rasheed Bhai,

    PTI has a comprehensive education policy, if you want I can give you the links so you can go through them.



  • Qaiser,

    I don't have that much time, but please let me know how much % of federal and provincial budget will be spent on education.

    Further, do you support laptop distribution?



  • No I absolutely do not support laptop distribution, I want education budget to be spend on improving current education infrastructure in Pakistan. I want provincial governments to declare an education emergecy and bring all government education institution up to par with private education institution/systems.



  • @Qaiser Nadeem,

    Education budget for year 2011/12 was around 115 Billion and laptop budget was 2-3% of this education budget.

    All students don't play a major role in economy and well being of country, but majority of contribution comes from bright minds and the scheme rewards these brilliant minds. The return given by these bright minds in economy will be in 3-4 years, while investment for primary and school will be given back in 10-15 years. The economy needs a kick start, which is why PMLN is also focusing on brighter minds who can give quicker return.

    A laptop is something that can't be afforded by students of government schools, and it has become a necessity like calculator was 10 years ago.



  • Laptop Eligibility Criteria

    One hundred thousand Laptops will be provided to following categories of youth in Punjab:

    All first year / first semester students of 4-year BS / BSc Program, Medical / Dental Colleges, Engineering Universities, Agriculture Universities, Veterinary & Animal Sciences Universities and Technology Colleges who have secured

    • 60% or above marks in the last annual exam in case of annual examination system OR

    -70% or above marks in the last exam in case of semester system

    All first year / first semester students of 2-year Master Degree Program who have secured

    • 60% or above marks in the last annual exam in case of annual examination system OR

    • 70% or above marks in the last exam in case of semester system

    Left over eligible evening students of last year will be provided laptops during this phase. Only those students will be awarded laptops who are already registered or declared eligible. No new name will be added in the existing lists.

    100 top students of Matriculation Examination from each of the eight Provincial Boards, Technical Board & Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education.

    400 top students each of Matric & Intermediate Exams, from other Provinces, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

    New MS/ M.Phil / PhD scholars of Public Sector Institutions in the province who have secured

    • 60% or above marks (in the last annual exam) in case of annual examination system OR

    • 70% or above marks in the last exam in case of semester system and have not received laptops during the last year scheme.

    Top ten students in each department of the public sector Federal Universities in Islamabad and their campuses in Punjab.

    4,000 laptops will be awarded to the students of “Deeni Madaris”. Laptops will be distributed by Auqaf Department after devising merit criteria subject to the approval by Chief Minister.



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  • Primary Education Budget was slashed from approx 23 Billion to about 13 Billion last year.. and still people are defending Spending on Laptop Distribution..

    If tomorrow Punjab Government decides to turn its back on the laptop scheme they will defend that as well..

    Not sure where the statistic of 81,000 new teacher come from but certainly Punjab Government doesnt seem to agree with the statistics as thier reports show an increase less than 1/4th of this figure, Infact number of teachers at Primary level has gone down by about 7000 or so.

    Net Primary Enrolment rate has gone down from 62% to 61%, in terms of numbers it has gone down from 5199000 to 4697000

    Literacy rate has shown an increase of only 1% in last 5 years, an increase of about 10 percentage points was registered in the previous 5 years