PR No. 123 Islamabad: 19th September 2017

Under the Prime Minister Education Reform Program (PMERP), work on 100 schools is under way simultaneously to provide necessary facilities to students. Project Director of the PMERP, Engr. Waqas called on the Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and briefed the Minister about the current status of civil works on the PMERP.

          The Minister will start inspection visits to the schools in rural areas from next week to check the quality and pace of work. Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said that a sum of Rs 2.74 billion is earmarked for the physical up-gradation and provision of facilities in the 422 schools of CADD. The program will focus on the establishment of new class rooms, libraries, laboratories, washroom blocks, raising of boundary walls, provision of furniture for students and teachers, security arrangements and other civil works.

          The PMERP is employing several strategies to revamp the public sector education institutions in Islamabad by improving the overall standards of teaching and learning along with providing access and creating conducive learning environment for the students. These strategies include restructuring of Federal Directorate of Education to improve governance to strengthen ICT Schools / Colleges, quality interventions at ICT School with special focus on Area Education Officers, Teachers and School Heads, up-gradation of physical infrastructure of 422 educational institutions (including missing facilities) and provision of 200 busses and engagement with development partners.

          The Minister elaborated upon the new initiatives undertaken by CADD under the PMERP for the improvement of pedagogic skills among teachers. He said that new set of technical training programs have been introduced to train teachers on modern lines and new indicators have been set up to gauge their performance. He said, not only the students will be rewarded for their exceptional scores in exams, but their teachers and principals will also be recognized in various administrative ways. He said that with the recent interventions of CADD, the quality of education in the public educational institutions of Islamabad is getting better by the day.

          A project Management Unit for the PMERP is established under CADD to carry out quality interventions in all areas mainly focusing on academic development, capacity building of existing and newly inducted teaching and non-teaching staff and organizational development initiatives at FDE level to define proper reporting lines and developing responsibility matrices.