The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) will provide free uniform, school bags, books and shoes for the school going students of Islamabad.
Minister of State for CADD, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, said these facilities will be provided under the Prime Minister Education Reforms Programme. He believes that this can help ensure an increase in enrollment in public schools in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
He said the ICT students from Montessori to class five would also be provided free lunch boxes under the nutrition programme of CADD. A summary in this regard has been sent to the concerned higher authorities for the approval and it will be implemented as soon as possible.
The minister said that CADD has decided to provide the free facilities to around 200,000 students of the 422 ICT schools working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
He added that every student from Montessori to class five would be provided a pack of biscuits, juice and milk during school hours under the nutrition programme of CADD. A strict inspection system, will be devised for ensuring quality of food for normal and healthy growth of children.
The facilities to students would be given before start of the new classes every year, he added. The project of upgradation of schools of Islamabad and provision of facilities to students became possible due to the personal interest of Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former PM Nawaz Sharif.
The Minister said Maryam Nawaz wanted to provide nutrition facilities to the students especially those belonging to rural areas. The basic aim of the programme, he said was to meet the basic nutritional and educational needs of students.