ISLAMABAD: Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas said the provincial government will establish separate schools for the transgender community in selected cities of the province. He said that first school for transgenders will be established in Multan very soon.
He disclosed this on Tuesday (July 6) while addressing a ceremony of the Insaf Afternoon School Programme in Lahore. He disclosed that the provincial the government has decided not to enroll transgenders in regular schools due to reservations about the behaviour of other students. Minister said that the attitude of students of regular schools could be insulting towards the transgender community, consequently separate schools are being established for them.
He claimed that it was unfortunate that no government, except Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, thought about the welfare and provision of separate education and jobs for the transgenders in the province.
Appreciating the efforts of the education chief executive officers and the teachers for a successful enrollment drive across the province, the minister expressed the hope that a large number of out-of-school children would be enrolled in schools.
He said that selected schools under the IASP would be upgraded according to the needs before starting classes, adding that the registration of such schools was in progress and would be completed till July 15. He said that only a small number of private schools were open for summer classes to cover the syllabus, adding that from August 1, all government institutions would also be reopened.