8% extra for education
In its second fiscal plan, the PML-N’s federal government has proposed an 8 percent increase in allocation for the education sector. The government has proposed allocation of Rs 64.014 billion for the education sector, a nominal increase from Rs 59.277 billion of fiscal year 2013-14. The lion’s share goes to secondary and tertiary education with primary education lying low in the priority list. Of the proposed allocation, Rs 4.7 billion will be utilised for tertiary education, Rs 7.8 billion for secondary education, while Rs 6 billion have been set aside for pre-primary and primary education. Ironically, the allocation for special education and social welfare has been decreased from Rs 103 million to Rs 75 million. In sync with the previous policy, Rs 63 billion have been earmarked for the Higher Education Commission.
Government to allocate Rs100b for education
Increasing the provincial education budget by over 35%, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government is likely to allocate Rs100 billion for the education sector (elementary, secondary and higher education) for fiscal year 2014-15, according to Minister for Education Muhammad Atif Khan. During an interview with The Express Tribune, Khan said the provincial government has been focusing on education and besides constructing new schools and rehabilitating old ones the ministry has also been working on teacher training programmes. “Unless you train teachers to provide quality education to children and unless you have an accurate monitoring system, just raising the structure of a school will not deliver results.”
Rs 1,806 million allocated in PSDP for CAAD
The Federal Government has earmarked Rs 1806.012 million for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for fiscal year 2014-15 for ongoing and new schemes.According to the budgetary document issued here Tuesday, Rs 806.805 million has been allocated for the ongoing schemes and Rs 999.207 million for new schemes.Among the ongoing schemes, Rs 15.310 million has been allocated for construction of additional academic block and renovation of old building of FG Girls Secondary School, Dhoke Gangal (FA) Islamabad. Rs 19.517 million has been earmarked for establishment of FG Degree College for Boys, Sihala, Islamabad.
6.7 million children, between age of 5 to 9, are out of school
According to Economic Survey 2013-14 the literacy rate in Pakistan is 60% while 6.7 million children aged between 5 to 9 are still out of school. In those 6.7 million 39% are boys and 46% are girls.
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Government is committed to providing quality education: Baligh
Increase in higher education budget shows govt is committed to providing quality education, said Minister of State for Education and Interior Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman.
No teachers in Gohar Khan Girls Primary School, Haripur
Education plan of PTI has failed in district Haripur of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Only at the distance of 1 kilometers from Haripur City, Gohar Khan Girls school lacks basic facilities as well as teachers.
College teaching interns ((CTIs) in Rawalpindi have been waiting for their salaries since their appointment in September last year, as the department concerned is still ‘sitting’ on their files. The Higher Education, Punjab in order to fill vacant posts hired hundreds of fresh graduates for a period of nine months from September to June as interns across the province in pubic sector colleges against a salary of Rs15,000 per month. However, so far, none of them has been paid the salary. “We have been waiting for our salaries for the last eight months but the authority concerned is not paying any heed to our problem,” said a frustrated teacher on the condition of anonymity. He said in Rawalpindi 191 teacher were hired under the programme. On first day of each month he comes to college in the hope of getting the salary, but returns empty handed, he said. Talking to Dawn another teacher said: “When my family and friends asked me about my salary and job I always feel embarrassed while replying to their questions.”
Rs. 3451.256mn allocated for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Division
The government has allocated a total of Rs. 3451.256 million for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Division in the Public Sector Development Programme for the year 2014-15. According to the official document, an amount of Rs. 1884.006 million has been allocated for the ongoing schemes while Rs. 1567.250 million would be spent on the development schemes. Among the on-going schemes, an amount of Rs. 1329.806 million has been allocated for Establishment and Operation of Basic Education Community Schools in the country including Azad Jammu Kashmir, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan and Rs. 350.000 million for Prime Minister's Special Initiatives (PMSI)for Hunarmand Pakistan Programme (NAVTTC).
Dar Sahib’s budget by Mosharraf Zaidi
Pakistan spends less money, as a percentage of its GDP on education, than all but four countries in the world. The devastation is visible too. We are a nation of illiterates, intoxicated by a false pride in strength that does not exist. Decision-makers know how weak we are. They choose to say the right new things, but keep doing the same old things. This is the story of Dar Sahib from last year to this year. This will be the story from this year to next.
Do the dare: Give education 4% of the GDP by Murtaza Haider
Inadequate spending on education has left Pakistan lagging far behind other countries. What better way to make education a national priority than by increasing education spending to at least 4 per cent of the GDP? While budget priorities are being finalised, special interest groups are busy peddling for special treatment. Primary and secondary education remain a cause without a champion. This has harmed the long-term prospects of the nation. Underspending on education has created huge disparities in Pakistan where public sector schools, though affordable, lag far behind in quality than privately operated schools (which only the affluent can afford). Let this budget be the one that makes the boldest statement on education in the recent history of this nation.