LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed education department to undertake an emergency survey of the schools throughout Punjab for catering to their needs and providing them facilities required for the purpose of education.

He issued these instructions during a surprise visit to Government Girls Elementary School, Fareed Town, Gujranwala. Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, MNA Khurram Dastagir Khan, Advocate General Punjab, Ashtar Ausaf Ali and PML-N local leaders were also present.

The CM said it needs consideration that despite provision of resources for education department, the projects for improving condition of schools could not be completed. He said that the schools of rural and thickly populated urban areas are facing shortage of proper furniture and had the officers of education department paid regular visits to the schools, their condition could have been improved within six months. He said that poor condition of schools is an outcome of indifference of district officers of the education department and added had authorities of education department acted with a sense of responsibility, he (the CM) would not need to go from one place to another to rectify the situation.

He said that he was shocked to see the dilapidated condition of Fareed Town Elementary School where almost no facility for 763 students is available. He said after observing the situation, he has decided that survey of all schools of the province be conducted and in the light of the data thus collected, planning should be made for the provision of necessary facilities to those schools on priority basis where there is an extreme shortage. During inspection of Government Girls Elementary School, he directed that 10 marla land adjacent to the school be acquired and construction of the new building of the school be completed within the summer vacation.

Under this project, a primary school equipped with all facilities will be constructed at the existing site and the middle classes of the school will be shifted to the high school which is located at a distance of 600 yards. The Chief Minister also went to the different classrooms of the school.

Commissioner Gujranwala Division said that top priority would be given to the provision of basic facilities to schools and in the light of the instructions passed by the CM.