APP46-11 PUNJGRAN: December 11 - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif interacting with students at Islamabad Model College for Girls. APP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 11 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday launched his Educational Reforms Programme aimed at upgrading facilities in 422 schools and colleges in the Federal Capital.

Prime Minister Sharif unveiled the plaque of the programme at the Federal College for Women, Panjgaran Chak Shahzad.

Under the Programme the facilities of science and IT labs,libraries, sports, better classrooms and play areas would be upgraded in educational institutions. Some 21 educational institutions in the federal capital will be upgraded in the first month, while the remaining would be upgraded in 10 months.

The Prime Minister visited various sections of the college. He visited classrooms, talked to students and teachers and inquired about the facilities required and the problems they face.

He had candid discussion with the students and the teachers.
Principal of the college Mrs Tasneem Sami briefed him about the changes brought about after the visit of Ms Maryam Nawaz to the College, few weeks back.

The multi-million programme has been developed by Ms Maryam Nawaz Sharif to address the concern about dilapidated buildings, poor teaching standards in government schools and colleges, particularly those in the suburbs of the Capital.

The Prime Minister was also shown a documentary showing the condition of the college before the renovation.

State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry informed the Prime Minister that besides refurbishing the infrastructure it would also include refresher courses for teachers. Foreign scholarships will be offered to the most promising young teachers, he said.

Maryam Nawaz, Minister for CAD Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar and Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid accompanied the Prime Minister.