Reduction in number of out-of-school children: Baligh-ur-Rehman

Staff Report
ISLAMABAD: Education and professional training minister Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, on Wednesday, said that the budget allocation for education sector has been enhanced and that steps are being taken for the promotion of education countrywide, noting that there has been a reduction in the number of out-of-school children; an official statement said.

He said that the government believes in establishing public-private collaborations for introducing new concepts and best practices countrywide.

Baligh-ur-Rehman said that Pearson works closely with the government of Punjab and that Michael Barber from Pearson visits quite frequently and acts as as an adviser to Punjab chief minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif on bringing educational reforms and is currently engaged in different projects.

He was addressing the Pearson annual outstanding learners award ceremony, Pearson is the United Kingdom’s (UK) largest awarding body and offers diverse range of academic and vocational qualifications in collaboration with the British council.

Baligh-ur-Rehman added that in the recent past Sharif visited Pearson head office in London where technical education and vocational training authority (TEVTA) chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pearson to introduce Pearson vocational qualifications in Punjab TEVTA centres.

He said this joint initiative of British council and Pearson not only imparts foreign qualification to the students but also strengthens cooperation among the countries.

Addressing the students, he said, “I am pleased to congratulate the high achievers for making their parents and country proud. I am expecting that each one of you will utilise the knowledge and skills to serve humanity and country with strong sense of patriotism and responsibility.”

Baligh-ur-Rehman presented awards and certificates to the high achievers.