PM urges civil servants to meet expectations of the nation
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.