Science, arts clubs to be part of public schools in Punjab

LAHORE: The Punjab government is introducing science and art clubs in public schools of the province and a notification to this effect has been issued to officials in all districts.

All District Education Authorities (DEAs), chief executive officers (CEOs) and district education officers (DEOs) of Secondary Education (SE) have been told to order head teachers to introduce science and art clubs in their respective schools.

The notification said that the project was part of the chief minister initiative and the decision to implement the science and art clubs was decided after a series of meetings under Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood. The notification directed officials to introduce the clubs and said, “You are directed to pass orders to all the heads of high and higher secondary schools under your jurisdictions to introduce the science and arts clubs.”

The CEOs and DEOs (SE) have also been given the composition for each school’s science and arts club. The statement said that the science clubs would consist of a senior science teacher as duty head, while a lab assistant and three interested students would make up the science club.

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For the arts club, the notification stated that a drawing teacher or one interested in arts and crafts would be head of the arts and crafts club, while three interested students would also be part of the club.

The notification directed CEOs and DEOs to nominate two teachers from each district, one for science and one for the arts club to be trained as master trainers.

It was decided in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood that students of the science club would prepare models which would be put on display for encouragement. “Science models will be prepared by the students.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2017.

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