PM urges civil ser­vants to meet ex­pec­ta­tions of the na­tion

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Fri­day said civil ser­vice has a key role in de­vel­op­ment of Pak­istan and the na­tion ex­pects them to de­liver in best pub­lic in­ter­est. Ad­dress­ing a batch of newly pro­moted grade 22 of­fi­cers here at the PM House, the Prime Min­is­ter said "we all are part of the same team and we have to work for the bet­ter­ment of our coun­try."

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Fri­day said his govern­ment was fo­cus­ing on the im­prove­ment of education and health sec­tors to en­sure pros­per­ity in the coun­try. Ad­dress­ing at the launch of first-ever Montes­sori sec­tion at the pub­lic school-level, he said max­i­mum re­sources would be di­verted to pro­vide up­graded ed­u­ca­tional and health fa­cil­i­ties to the peo­ple across the coun­try.

The Montes­sori sec­tion set-up at Is­lam­abad Model School for Boys, F-8/3, now named Azaan Shah Sha­heed School, will pro­vide qual­ity education to tod­dlers in a friendly en­vi­ron­ment with full fo­cus on learn- ing of knowl­edge through play­ful and colorful ac­tiv­i­ties. The school is one of the five govern­ment ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes in the Cap­i­tal where Montes­sori sec­tions have been set up in the first phase. Other schools are in sec­tors F-7, F-10, So­haan and Khanna Daak.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif said fo­cus on education was part of the man­i­festo of Pak­istan Mus­lim League-(N) and em­pha­sized that an im­proved ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum was vi­tal to help the young gen­er­a­tion, ex­cel and make the coun­try proud.

He also stressed the need for en­hanc­ing the ca­pac­ity-build­ing of teach­ers to en­sure pro­vi­sion of qual­ity education to stu­dents.

He said over the years load-shed­ding of elec­tric­ity in the coun­try had con­sid­er­ably de­clined and as­sured that the power short­age would end in two years. The Prime Min­is­ter said his govern­ment was also fo­cus­ing on the health sec­tor and men­tioned the PM's health in­sur­ance pro­gramme un­der which needy pa­tients were get­ting free of cost treat­ment.

He said ter­ror­ism was a se­ri­ous threat to the coun- try, and added the suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion had now rooted the men­ace out to a great ex­tent.

The Prime Min­is­ter also di­rected for the im­prove­ment in se­cu­rity of the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. He said mere rais­ing the height of the walls and in­stalling ra­zor­wires was not the so­lu­tion, but an over­all se­cu­rity setup needed to be im­proved.

The event was at­tended by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar, In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Per­vaiz Rasheed, State Min­is­ter for Cap­i­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tion and De­vel­op­ment Divi­sion (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, State Min­is­ters for Education Ba­lighur Rehman and for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Anousha Rehman. Prime Min­is­ter's daugh­ter Maryam Nawaz Sharif who is spear­head­ing the ed­u­ca­tional re­forms pro­ject, was also present. The upgra­da­tion of school is part of a pack­age of im­prove­ment of 422 schools and col­leges op­er­at­ing un­der the Fed­eral Di­rec­torate of Education, through Prime Min­is­ter's Education Re­forms Pro­gramme.

So far, work on 22 schools has been com­pleted, while the rest of 400 would be car­ried out dur­ing a year in two phases of 200 schools each.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif ear­lier vis­ited var­i­ous sec­tions of the school that have been re­painted, pro­vided with new fur­ni­ture be­sides set­ting up of a sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory, com­puter room, li­brary, and a new play area.

He also had a can­did talk with the school chil­dren who ex­pressed their joy over get­ting new com­put­ers, books and a play area with new swings and slides. An as­tro­turf has been laid in the play area to pro­vide a cosy en­vi­ron­ment for the young stu­dents.

The Prime Min­is­ter was ap­pre­cia­tive of the over­all im­prove­ment in the school build­ing. He lauded the ef­forts of Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Maryam Nawaz for their con­certed ef­forts to im­prove the school build­ings and pro­vi­sion of all fa­cil­i­ties. He, how­ever, di­rected that the con­struc­tion stan­dard of the bas­ket­ball court was not up to the mark and needed to be im­proved fur­ther within the same cost. He also di­rected Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry to im­me­di­ately re­place the glossy tiles on the stairs that posed a risk of slip­ping to the stu­dents, and re­place it with rough tiles.

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