Press Esc to close
Wednesday 29 March 2017
News updated at 12:52 PM IST

Pak parl passes bill to ensure free education to all

Islamabad, Nov 13, 2012 (PTI)
Pakistan's parliament today passed a bill to ensure free and compulsory education to all children aged between five and 16 years as enshrined in the Constitution.

The National Assembly or lower house of parliament unanimously passed the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2012. The private member's bill, piloted by Pakistan People's Party lawmaker Yasmeen Rehman, was earlier passed by the Senate or upper house of parliament.

Article 25A of the Constitution states free education for all children aged five to 16 is a fundamental right and its provision is a responsibility of the state. The comprehensive law states that free and compulsory education is the need of the hour.

The bill states children will be provided free education in schools established by the federal government and the local government in the Islamabad Capital Territory. Under the bill, every child, regardless of sex, nationality or race, will have a fundamental right to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school.

No school can be established without obtaining a certificate of registration from the prescribed authority. Any person who establishes or runs a school without obtaining this certificate will be liable to pay of fine of up to Rs 200,000.

In case of continuing contraventions, a fine of Rs 25,000 will have to be paid for each day. Speaking in the House, Yasmeen Rehman said free and compulsory education is a fundamental right of every child.

Lawmaker Azra Fazal Pechuho, the sister of President Asif Ali Zardari, congratulated Rehman and said the bill will remove a sense of deprivation among the poor and ensure quality education.

Other lawmakers said at least 4.5 per cent of the GDP should be allocated for education. They pointed out that under the bill, private education institutions will be bound to reserve 10 per cent of seats for poor children.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
People  are purchasing Mango leaves and Neem leaves on the eve of Ugadi festival ...

People are purchasing Mango leaves and Neem leaves on the eve of Ugadi festival ...

A group of Marathi women, dressed in traditional attires, with placards displaying...

A group of Marathi women, dressed in traditional attires, with placards displaying...

Yakult's new brand ambassador and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty at a promotional event...

Yakult's new brand ambassador and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty at a promotional event...

King of fruits mango has arrived for sale at Eidgah Maidan near Channamma Circle in Hubballi...

King of fruits mango has arrived for sale at Eidgah Maidan near Channamma Circle in Hubballi...

Children with flowers, neem leaves and jaggery all set to welcome the New Year...

Children with flowers, neem leaves and jaggery all set to welcome the New Year...

Roads wear deserted look on Tuesday as temperature soars in Surat...

Roads wear deserted look on Tuesday as temperature soars in Surat...

Security forces chasing away local protesters who tried to disrupt an anti-militant operation...

Security forces chasing away local protesters who tried to disrupt an anti-militant operation...

Smoke billowing out of the house which was targeted by the security forces personnel for...

Smoke billowing out of the house which was targeted by the security forces personnel for...

A man carries schoolchildren on his bicycle on a road in Srinagar, India...

A man carries schoolchildren on his bicycle on a road in Srinagar, India...

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room in Moscow....

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room in Moscow....

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523