On Tuesday, the government made it official that, federal parliament permitted the plan to endorse private investment in education through its policies and programmes. However, educationists and organizations supporting the right to education have claimed that the government’s plan is the opposite of what the constitutional right to free education is. According to them, if the policy is promoted than it will lead to privatization in education, which could make education expensive.
If we go through the data, you will see that the private sector has around 20 percent share of 7 million students who are studying in 36,000 schools including 29,000 sponsored by the government.
National Campaign for Education said, ‘promoting the private sector will lead to a compromise in the children’s right to free and compulsory education. Hence, the government shouldn’t take any step in privatization in education.
The government’s share in education against the national budget which had decreased from 17 percent in fiscal year 2011/12 to 10 percent in the current fiscal year. The budget line of the federal education ministry coming fiscal year is Rs 58 billion, equal to the current budget. The total budget depends on how much the local and provincial governments get.
On May 28, the national budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 will be presented in the federal parliament. During the pre-budget discussion, lawmakers had advised the government to prioritize education, employment creation, health, and education in the new budget.