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Youth Provincial Assembly Punjab

YPAP Meets for Session 2; Youth Committees meet and interact with corresponding Punjab Assembly Committee Chairs and Members

Lahore; November 23; The Youth Provincial Assembly Punjab met for its second session today where Youth Provincial Assembly Standing Committees on Law, Education, Information and Youth Affairs met with Committee Chairs and Members of the Provincial Assembly Punjab’s Standing Committees on Education, Information and Law. Engineer. Qamar ul Islam Raja, Chairman Standing Committee on Education; Dr. Murad Rass, Member Standing Committee on Education; Mr. Akbar Hayat Hiraj, Member Standing Committee on Information and Culture, and Ms. Azma Zahid Bukhari, Member Standing Committee on Law were part of the interactive sessions. The YPAP Committee members discussed the their reform proposals with Punjab MPAs and sought their input.

The YPAP Standing Committee on Information held a comprehensive discussion on the implementation of Punjab Right to Information Act 2013. Different aspects of the law were analyzed to suggest improvements public awareness among on active and effective use of their right to information. Similarly, the YPAP Standing Committee on Rule of Law discussed merits and demerits of Madressah reforms in the light of the National Action Plan in addition its implementation status in view of sectarian killings. Discussion on 21st Amendment also took place in the Committee meeting. The YPAP Youth Affairs Committee deliberated on Youth Affairs Policy 2010 as framed by UNESCO. The Committee discussed UNDP report in relevance to extremism along with Punjab Youth Affairs Policy. The YPAP Education Committee discussed different forms of governing bodies for madressas and their respective teaching induction methods. They also contemplated ways to achieve maximum result of school enrolment and discussed practical reforms in budget allocation, in this regard.

Mr. Zafar Mehmood, former Secretary Education, addressed YPAP plenary on the subject of State of Education in Punjab. While discussing the situation of government schools and colleges in 21st century especially in remote areas of Punjab, he stressed the need to improve infrastructure of schools/Colleges, to ensure the merit base selection of teachers in government schools and to increase the qualification requirement for application for teachers in government schools. He further stressed upon the need to bridge the gap between level of education imparted in blue chip private schools and government schools. He also briefed the members on the current initiatives taken by the Punjab Government to improve the state of education in Punjab. He shared that the present Government has increased the budget spending on education and geo tagging of schools has also been done. The Government is also taking special measures to provide missing facilities in schools and the district levels. The session was followed by an intense question and answer session.

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