Punjab allocates Rs 962 million to special education sector


The Punjab government has set aside an amount of Rs 962.461 million in its budget 2016-17 under the development programme for Special education sector.

Major targets envisaged to achieve include: Punjab Inclusive Education Project at Bahawalpur & Muzaffargarh, Voucher Scheme for Inclusive Education at PEF Schools for main streaming of Special Needs Children (Pilot Project at Lahore, Multan & Rawalpindi),establishment of Teachers Training Institute for Special Education in collaboration with the PAF, capacity building of Institutions / Centers of Special Education in Punjab, establishment of Government Degree College of Special Education at Multan, establishment of two Government Secondary Schools of Special Education for Hearing Impaired in Girls at Gujranwala & Rawalpindi (Bifurcation). Sources told Business Recorder that the Special Education department is working towards providing a conducive learning environment to the special children. The objectives of this sector include: enhancing enrolment of special students, skill development and rehabilitation of disabled students, welfare, betterment and well-being of children with disability and providing required facilities to special students such as computer, furniture and teaching aids. The achievements made by Special Education Department during FY 2015-16 are: setting up speech therapy unit in Government Training College for Teachers of Deaf Gulberg-II Lahore, strengthening of Speech Therapy Unit

In Government National Special Education Centre, (HI) at Johar Town, Lahore, capacity building of institutions / Centers of Special Education in Punjab, capacity building of District Education Officer (Special Education) in Punjab, capacity building of Government Training College for the Teachers of Blind Lahore, construction of buildings of Government Special Education Centre, KallurKot, KarorLaleson MCC Bahawalpur and slow learners Bahawalpur, establishment of Government Special Education Centers (4-disabilities), establishment of Government Secondary School of Special Education for Hearing Impaired Girls at Mianwali (Bifurcation),up-gradation of Government Special Education Institution / Centers at Khushab, Hafizabad, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Okara, Jalalpur Pirwala & Layyah from Middle to Secondary Level, Up-gradation of Government Special Education Center at Wagha Town, Ravi Town & Shalimar Town (District Lahore) from primary to middle.

Literacy and non-formal basic education Vision of this sector is “literate, learning and prosperous Punjab”. Objectives under this sector include: Non-formal Education to out-of-school children, primary level education from class 0-V levels, illiterate adolescent and illiterate adults; basic cognitive cum psychomotor skills relating to basic literacy & life-skills.

Major targets fixed in the budget for Literacy sector for the year 2016-17 are: establishment of 13,000 NFBES & NFEFS, provide primary level education to 4, 00, 000 out-of-school children, establishment of 180 NFEAC, provide basic literacy to 4, 500 illiterate adolescents, establishment of 6, 687 ALC, provide basic literacy to 6, 50, 000 illiterate adults.

The achievements made during the FY 2015-16 include: establishment of 11, 430 NFBES & NFEFS, provision of primary level education to 382, 000 out-of-school children, establishment of 110 NFEAC, provision of basic literacy to 2200 illiterate adolescents, establishment of 4700 ALC, provision of basic literacy to 93000 illiterate adults, establishment of state-of-the-art IT based real time equipped monitoring system, establishment of state-of-the-art IT based real time equipped assessment system and establishment of research based academic systems.

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