Rs4.336 billion earmarked for education ministry in new budget

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government has allocated an amount of Rs4.336 billion for the ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training Division for six on-going and nine new schemes for the financial year 2018-19.

According to the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), out of the total Rs4.336 billion, an amount of Rs2.843 billion has been earmarked for six on-going schemes while only Rs1.493 billion has been allocated for nine new schemes.

In the on-going schemes, Rs1.5 billion has been allocated for improving human development indicators related to education in Pakistan by NCHD, Rs1.2 billion for the establishment and operation of basic education community schools in the country, whereas Rs94.387 million has been earmarked for the establishment of National Curriculum Council (NCC) secretariat by the curriculum wing.

On the other hand, nine new projects have been included in the financial year 2018-19 for which Rs1.493 billion has been allocated, out of which an amount of Rs600 million has been allocated for the establishment of 400 vocational training institutes (VTIs) in the country – with fifty per cent financing by the provinces.

Moreover, Rs250 million has been allocated for standardization of national examination system in the country, Rs175 million for up-gradation of infrastructure facilities of NCA, Lahore, Rs100 million for the provision of quality education to the students of Balochistan and FATA in cadet colleges, polytechnic, vocational and other institutes by the education wing. Similarly, Rs100 million has been allocated for mainstreaming of Madrassahs, besides allocation of Rs100 million for National Training Institute.