Assef again opposes devolution of Education Ministry


ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali has again opposed the devolution of the Education Ministry to provinces under the 18th Amendment.
Addressing a meeting of Pakistan Educational Task Force (PETF) on Saturday, Aseff said the devolution of the ministry would be counter-productive. He said, “The Education Ministry is overseeing the affairs of more than 14 million students and seventy nine thousand teachers of the Islamabad Capital Territory, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
Apart from that, Advanced Research Centre and Area Study Centres working under the federal government are part of the federal legislative list and are, therefore, federal subjects,” he added.
Addressing the gathering, Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Sector Shahnaz Wazir Ali affirmed that the task force forum would continue to serve as a convening agent for a national discourse on education. The meeting was also attended by all provincial education secretaries and senior officials of provincial education departments.