Pun­jab ed­u­ca­tion bud­get

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

ARSLAN MUZAMIL

Pun­jab Finance Min­is­ter Dr Aye­sha Ghaus has pre­sented the an­nual Pro­vin­cial bud­get in the Pun­jab Assem­bly of Rs 1681 bil­lion for the fis­cal year 2016-17. She stated that the Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment had set down five pri­or­ity needs in the pro­posed bud­get. Th­ese in­clude, the sec­tors of health, ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture, law & or­der and pro­vi­sion of clean wa­ter. A to­tal of Rs 312.80 bil­lion has been al­lo­cated for the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bud­get 2016-17, Rs 47 bil­lion are placed for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (HEC). New schol­ar­ships of Rs 20 bil­lion have been an­nounced along with IT pro­grammes. 45 thou­sand teach­ers to be hired for pri­mary schools and Rs 2 bil­lion have been sug­gested for Pun­jab Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion. Rs 6 bil­lion each have been set aside for the lap­top scheme and for the pro­vi­sion of fa­cil­i­ties at schools. The de­vel­op­ment bud­get of School Ed­u­ca­tion has been in­creased from Rs 33.0 bil­lion in FY 2015-16 to Rs 47.7 bil­lion in FY 2016-17.

36,000 class­rooms will be built and school struc­tures will be im­proved dur­ing this year and all the miss­ing fa­cil­i­ties will be pro­vided dur­ing this year to all the schools in the Province. The bud­get out­lays that 45,000 new teach­ers will be re­cruited in the Province and min­i­mum three teach­ers will be made avail­able for each school and that merit will be en­sured at all costs. It will also be en­sured that the teach­ers are re­cruited from the same ar­eas where the schools are lo­cated.

The cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion bud­get is 58pc of the to­tal ADP al­lo­cated for cur­rent year while last year it was 77pc of the to­tal ADP. The to­tal bud­get also in­cludes Rs12 bil­lion for Pun­jab Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion, Dan­ish Schools and En­dow­ment fund. So to­tal is Rs. 312,80 bil­lion - slightly more than last year’s bud­get.

—Via email

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