ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, terming children the country's future, said the government was focusing on providing them high-standard education and the best facilities at their learning places.
"With best educational reforms and improved building infrastructure, we want the children to get a conducive environment at their schools," the Prime Minister said in his address here at the handing over fleet of 200 buses for the schools of Islamabad under his Education Reforms Programme.
The Prime Minister said Islamabad would be made a model city in terms of standard of education and provision of facilities at schools.
"Schools should be a place where the children could enjoy their learning experience in their quest for knowledge and the government is working on the same strategy," he told the audience comprising school students and teachers.
Nawaz Sharif said 422 buses would be provided for the capital's 422 schools and directed that the next fleet of 200 buses be arranged at the earliest.
He said the provision of buses would facilitate the movement of students to and from their schools and stressed on the provision of buses to girls schools in urban and rural areas on priority. The prime minister also proposed the construction of a bypass road at Bara Kahu in Islamabad's suburbs to ease the movement of students accessing their schools in the capital.
He said improvement was being made in Islamabad's streets with a focus on cleanliness, adding that Islamabad in coming times would become one of the world's beautiful cities.
The prime minister handed over the keys of the buses to the students of different schools and also cut a cake shaped as the yellow school bus.
He inspected the bus and also took a test ride along with the children.
Earlier, State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, in his speech said the Pakistan of 2018 would be much improved in terms of education and health sectors as compared to the previous years. The daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said new schools would be opened in the capital this year.