ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that though the subjects of health and education have been devolved to provinces and they have been given their share of budget, yet the federal government would continue playing its role in the provinces to evaluate their performance in these sectors.
He said this while addressing the teachers’ fraternity at the Convention Centre here on Thursday. The event was organized to say thanks to the Prime Minister for upgrading the schoolteachers from grade 9 to 14, grade 14 to 16 and from grade 16 to 17.
The Prime Minister announced a community centre, an education housing, a society cooperative society and an education club for the teachers of the federal capital.
The thrilled teachers clapped so loudly that the sound echoed around the hall when the PM arrived. A female teacher Roma Akram and a male teacher Naseerudeen speaking on behalf of other teachers thanked the PM saying that the initiatives of the PM have restored their self-respect and improved their economic conditions.
The teachers raised slogans in favour of the Prime Minister and demanded the restoration of recently removed FDE DG Atif Kayani on the directives of the Supreme Court.
Secretary Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said about 9000 teachers and 200,000 children are associated with the schools and colleges of federal capital.
He informed that according to the PM’s announcement regarding unification of educational institutions, in first phase 50 federal schools would be converted into model schools soon.
Minister of Capital Administration and Development Division Nazar Muhammad Gondal said it was Former PM Benazir Bhutto who increased the education budget to 2.7 percent and included education in 5 Es of the party manifesto.
The Prime Minister also announced a special package including upgradation of teachers working in the schools and colleges of the federal capital on November 8, 2010 on Salam Teachers’ Day.
Though, according to the announcement majority of the schoolteachers have been upgraded to the next grades but the upgradation of college teachers of grade 17, 18, 19 and 20 is still in progress and nearly 300 Junior Lady Teachers of grade 16 who could not be upgraded to the next grades have moved the court for the implementation of PM’s directives.
Besides, a large number of teachers Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for SAFRON Engineer Shaukatullah Khan, Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Minister for Professional and Technical Training Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, MPA Nargis Faiz Malik, Prime Minister’s Coordinator for Islamabad Faisal Sakhi Butt, Former FDE DG Atif Kayani and officials of the ministry attended the event.