Teachers and judiciary benefits should be equal Punjab Chief Minister

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that teachers can play a key role in the economic freedom of the country and changing the destiny of nation by guiding the youth in the proper direction. He said that there is need for equipping the new generation with modern education as well as promoting science and technology for economic stability of the country. He said that country will lag far behind the race of development if modern technology was not promoted and did not give up reliance on foreign aid. He said that Punjab government is giving top priority to the promotion of education and has taken revolutionary measures for the promotion of literacy. He said that teaching is a tradition of prophets and teachers are held in great esteem and respect in the society. He said that an amount of one billion ten crore rupees has been allocated in annual budget for the encouragement of teachers showing outstanding performance while the basic scale of primary teachers has been upgraded from BS-7 to BS-9 and of elementary teachers from 9 to 14. He said that the cash prize of 50 thousand rupees will be awarded to the teachers showing better performance while they will also be given 5-marla residential plot on retirement. He was addressing a function in connection with World Teachers' Day at Chief Minister's Secretariat, here today. Provincial Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Member National and Provincial assemblies, Vice Chancellors, Headmasters, columnists, intellectuals, educationists besides a large number of teachers were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that European countries have made rapid progress by promoting education and science and technology whereas literacy rate in Pakistan is dismal and despite being a nuclear power we are compelled to rely on others. He said that situation can only be changed if we improve our education sector, equipped new generation with latest knowledge and adopted austerity. He said that there is a dire need for educating the youth on modern lines for bringing a change in the society for achieving self-reliance as well as regaining the lost status of Pakistan. He said that besides parents, teachers can play a key role in the education, training and character building of students. He said that Punjab government is attaching top priority to the promotion of education and solid measures have been taken for the uplift of this sector. He said that massive funds are being given for the promotion of education while every effort would be made for bringing revolutionary changes in the filed of education. He said that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has given great respect and dignity to the teachers by declaring Himself a "Muallam". He said that Britain has also made unparalelled progress by acting on Misaq-e-Madina and giving a respectable place to the teachers in the society. He said that every effort would be made to bring about a positive change in the lives of the teachers and ensuring them due status in the society, however, the teachers should also play an active role for educating and grooming children for enabling them to play their active part in the national development and prosperity. The Chief Minister further said that Danish Schools Project has been started in Southern Punjab for provision of modern academic facilities to the talented students of poor and backward areas. He said that these schools will be comparable to the most prestigious educational institutions with regard to educational facilities and free education will be given to the brilliant children of poor families. He said that Danish schools will materialize the dream of the poor to make their children doctors, engineers and senior officers. He said that the project of setting up of laboratories in more than 4000 schools of the province for equipping the students with the latest knowledge will be completed by the end of this month and leading international companies like Microsoft have been included in the project in a transparent manner. He said that 34000 educators have been recruited purely on merit. He said that while due encouragement is being given to position holder students of different examinations, 2000 teachers showing outstanding performance will be given cash prize of Rs.50,000/- each year. He said that we have paid the expenses for our forein visits from our own pockets and the money thus saved has been used for conducting the study tours of position holders to foreign educational institutions. He said that former rulers got their loans waived off from banks on political basis and promoted corruption due to which the country is now at the brink of disaster. He said that there is a need for hard work, commitment and dedication for progress and development of the country and this objective will be achieved with the cooperation of teachers. Earlier, people from different walks of life while addressing the function, lauded the efforts of Chief Minister Punjab for the promotion of education. F.P. Report