Primary education to be made free
Karachi, May 26(The News): Left-over budget from different heads should be channeled towards primary
education as eradication of illiteracy will be only possible if an adequate
budget is allotted to the primary level education, local councillor Waseemuddin
Siddiqui has said.
"The Federal and Provincial governments may have
focused their attention on the enhancement of the literacy rate in the country
but no work has been done as yet by local governments at the Town and Union
Council (UC) levels to promote literacy," the General Council and Chairman
Education Committee, UC 4, Railway Colony, Saddar Town, Waseemuddin Siddiqui
He expressed concern about the lack of effort to boost the rate of
primary education while talking to the media recently. He requested the
President, Prime Minister, Provincial Minister for Local Bodies, Town Nazims and
Chairman National Reconstruction Bureau to allocate the budget to the UCs to
introduce free and proper primary education to every child in the country,
saying He reminded the media that according to a United Nations International
Children Emergency Fund (Unicef) report more than 45 million children in the age
group of five to 14 are not attending schools. This figure includes six million
children from Sindh. Currently only 33 per cent Pakistani children are enrolled
in schools but a lot more of them need to enrolled to elevate the level of
literacy in the country.
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