Pakistan National Assembly Passed Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill

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Pakistan National Assembly has passed the “Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill” to ensure the provision of free-of-cost education to children of age 5-16 years.

The bill was moved by PPP lawmaker Yasmeen Rehman. Senate has already passed this bill.

The bill provides education for all children of the age 5-16 in schools established by the federal government and local government in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

The bill was passed in the National Assembly’s session which was chaired  by Faisal Kareem Kundi.

The statement of objects and reasons of the bill says, Article 25A of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 provides for free education to all children of aged five to sixteen as a fundamental right and its provision is a responsibility of the state.

Accordingly, a comprehensive law to provide for free and compulsory education is the mandate of the constitution and the need of the time.
via Dawn

According to the bill, every child, regardless of sex, nationality or race, shall have a fundamental right to free and compulsory education.

Every school should be established after getting a certificate of registration from the prescribed authority. If any person runs the school without registration he will be fined which may extend to two hundred thousand rupees and in case of continuing violation of the rule, he/she would be liable to pay a fine of twenty five thousand rupees for each day.

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.
via The express tribune

Parents should abide by the law. Some parents do not take much attention on their children’s career and prefer the labour work for the children rather than education.  This is the major cause of child labour.

Under the law who would refuse to send their children to schools would be fined 25,000 rupees with three months imprisonment.

The bill stated that people who would engage children in labour would be fined 50,000 rupees with six months imprisonment.

Yasmeen Rehman said that provision of a compulsory education was a fundamental right of every children and the bill would ensure better education to the children.

Chief Whip of the House, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah praised Yasmeen Rehman for bringing bill into the House, considering it a very important bill for provision of compulsory education to the children aged 5 to 16 years.

He said that the constitution fully supported the bill and it would be a first steps towards the progress of this noble work. He said this bill was for Islamabad Capital Territories (ICT) and stated the hope that the other provinces would pay special attention on this sensitive issue and should follow it.

Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho also congratulated the House and Yasmeen Rehman for passing this important bill. She said that the bill would eliminate deprivation of poor people to the education, in the society and will ensure quality education to people of every class.

Khushbakht Shujaat also congratulated the whole parliament for passing such important bill and said that it was a encouraging step towards progress of education in the country.