Sir: Punjab government’s efforts for increasing enrolment in schools and reducing the drop out ratio have been proved fruitful. The outsourcing of schools has helped in improving quality of education. According to the reports in the newspapers, this has been quite emphatically stated by no less a person than Provincial Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who has been since been advised bed rest and who has postponed his official public engagements for the last couple of days, in a statement issued in Lahore the other day. The chief minister, who is paying greater attention for promotion of education and health sectors, has rightly said that the outsourcing model will be further promoted, teachers are architects of bright future of the country and the government is giving them a high social status and respect which is our moral obligation, provision of best healthcare and educational facilities to the people and their children is among top priorities of the government. He has further stated that the use of information technology has given wonderful results, thousands of new classrooms are being constructed in public schools across the province, Rs 8 billion are being spent on repairing and rehabilitation of dilapidated school buildings , it is quite satisfying to note that that the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund has emerged as the largest stipend program of its kind in South Asia, under this program more than Rs 15.5 billion have been distributed among the needy but bright students as stipend, their number has by now risen to 3.5 lakh. CM Shahbaz Sharif said that the ruling party is serving public despite hurdles and will continue doing so, serving the hapless communities is his mission and no stone will be left unturned to rid people of their privations. EM ZED RIFAT Lahore Published in Daily Times, March 11th 2018.