LAHORE:05 September: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that the government is providing modern educational facilities to children and 80,000 children have been admitted to government schools from private schools. Talking to a delegation of students, he said that 108,000 schools are providing education to children in the province, adding that one teacher is available for 31 students on average. After new recruitments, one teacher will be available for 29 students, he added. He said that a curriculum authority would be established in the province. He said that 262,500 students under the age of four to 15 years are getting education in “non-formal” basic education schools. The minister said that Rs 4 billion would be spent on providing necessary facilities in primary and middle schools, adding that girls’ middle schools in the province would also be upgraded. Shuja said that private institutions are performing a valuable service in the field of education and the government is extending all-out cooperation and assistance to them in this regard. The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) is providing grants and scholarships to private educational institutions and students, he said, adding that the Punjab government is focusing on the teachers’ training and funds have been provided to the departments concerned for the purpose.Daily Times.