Press Esc to close
Wednesday 22 October 2014
News updated at 10:13 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

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
A major fire that broke out in the crackers market in Faridabad...

A major fire that broke out in the crackers market in Faridabad...

On the eve of Diwali Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of Kali...

On the eve of Diwali Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of Kali...

Indian passengers rest on a crowded platform ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights...

Indian passengers rest on a crowded platform ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights...

Indian soccer player Peter Biaksangzuala, center, performs flips as he celebrates a goal...

Indian soccer player Peter Biaksangzuala, center, performs flips as he celebrates a goal...

Woman buying earthen lamps at a market ahead of the Diwali festival...

Woman buying earthen lamps at a market ahead of the Diwali festival...

School children paint their faces during Diwali celebrations...

School children paint their faces during Diwali celebrations...

A huge rangoli in front of Swaminarayan Temple...

A huge rangoli in front of Swaminarayan Temple...

Volunteers of Azad Hind taking out a procession to mark the Azad Hind Foundation Day...

Volunteers of Azad Hind taking out a procession to mark the Azad Hind Foundation Day...

Family members paying tribute to police martyrs during Police Commemoration Day...

Family members paying tribute to police martyrs during Police Commemoration Day...

TRS activists set affire chairs at the TDP office in Nalgonda...

TRS activists set affire chairs at the TDP office in Nalgonda...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523