ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed the Federal Ministry of Education to make Islamabad a city of quality education and a role model for rest of the country. Chairing a meeting of the Ministry at the PM House here on Monday, the Prime Minister said that keeping in view the requirements of knowledge-based economy, the Government was according top priority to the education sector. He further directed the Ministry to formulate an integrated programme in line with the new education policy to revamp the system and impart quality education to meet with the future needs of Pakistan. The Prime Minister further directed the Ministry to upgrade one boys and one girls school as model colleges at Barakahu by enhancing education facilities in the rural areas of Islamabad during the current financial year. He also directed the Ministry to work out a plan to upgrade two existing boys and girls schools into model colleges at Sihala and Tarnol in the next financial year. About the ad hoc teachers, the Prime Minister asked the Ministry to liaise with the ministries of finance and establishment to resolve the issue. The Prime Minister stressed upon the need to improve the quality of education in the state-run schools through proper monitoring and right selection of the teachers. He mentioned that during his surprise visit to one of the secondary girls school in Islamabad on 30th January, he observed that the level of knowledge of students was unsatisfactory while some of the teachers were absent. He regretted that the Ministry did not have a proper monitoring system even for the schools in Islamabad. Minister of State for Education, Ghulam Farid Kathia assured the Prime Minister that a comprehensive plan would be submitted within one month to improve the standard of education. The issue relating to the shortage of science, mathematics and computer teachers was also discussed in the meeting.