RAWALPINDI: To provide lodgings students at overfull government primary schools, the Punjab government is in view of opening a second shift of classes at schools.
Including Rawalpindi and Attock, seven districts in the province were asked by the provincial government to seek opinion of the civil society, local leaders of the ruling party and representatives of parents on second shift.
The Education Department then invited members of the civil society and councils of parents to a consultation and to favour the endorsement.
Remarkably, members of the provincial assembly from Rawalpindi were overlooked because most of them belong to the PTI and only PML-N MNA Malik Abrar and his brother-in-law, Malik Munir who is a member of the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board, were invited.
More than 40 of the 1,846 government run schools in Rawalpindi are overcrowded and a second shift may soon be started in these schools.
We will start a double shift in over 40 schools as soon as we get a green signal from the Punjab government, which has directed us to consult with public representatives in this regard. After the consultations, the second shift will start this year, Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Qazi Zahoorul Haq.
Qazi Zahoorul Haq said opening a second shift will also help bring more children to schools.
The education department set a target of getting 132,000 children in the district into schools because the provincial government wants to educate more and more people. Every district was given a target which it has to achieve by October 31, the EDO said.
A committee including school principals and teachers has been formed in each school which will try to persuade locals to send their children to schools, where they will be given books and bags for free.
The education department has been asked to seek help from locals in persuading parents from lower income families to send their children to schools, he added.
In the meantime, the education department’s purchase group on Thursday received technical particulars from corporations which are engrossed in the scheme for connecting computers in 56 middle and high schools in the district.
The department received Rs40 million from the provincial government for the establishment of computer laboratories in 56 schools, EDO Qazi Zahoorul Haq.
He said 11 firms had shown interest in the project and that five had submitted technical details to the department.
We will check the details and then select firms so that they can give a bid for the scheme. The process will take a month, he said.