ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly passed the “Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill” moved by Yasmeen Rehman on Tuesday to ensure provision of free-of-cost education to children of age 5-16 years.
Speaking on the occasion‚ Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah said that providing free and compulsory education to children is the basic priority of the government.
He also expressed the hope that after the passage of the bill, the provinces will also follow it.
Dr Azra Fazal said that the bill will go a long way for ensuring compulsory education to the children of the country while Shahnaz Wazir Ali said that the bill has immense significance for the children of the country and for the future generation.
Asiya Nasir said that there is a great need to implement education emergency in the country to meet the growing demand and need of education.
Khushbakht Shujaat congratulated the members of the House on the passage of the bill and said that the Parliament is sincere in promoting education in the country.
The bill has already been passed by the Senate.
A recent UN report noted that Pakistan had the second worst global rate of children out of school with as many as 5.1 million children out of classrooms. Of these, 3 million were females.
According to the report, Pakistan has allocated only 2.3 per cent of the budget for education, which is 0.3 per cent less than in 1999. Nine per cent of government spending is on education, placing Pakistan 113th amongst 120 countries on the Education Development Index.