Rs 134bn allocated for education

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah termed education as top priority for his government in the budget speech making an announced of Rs 134.2 billion allocation of budget for non-development expenditures which is 31 percent of our total current revenue expenditure. The non-salary expenditure of education will witness a significant hike of 25 percent over outgoing year’s budget, the CM said.The allocation for Sindh Education Reform Program related activities has been kept at Rs 13.6 billion out of which Rs 1500 million will be spent on stipends for girls students, Rs 15,40 million on provision of free text books to students, Rs 4000 million on improving infrastructure for schools and Rs 1750 million will be transferred to school management committees for community identified school investments.For the first time of provincial budget, we have kept allocation of Rs 5 billion for the universities functioning in Sindh, he added. These universities are under severe financial stress as their grants from Higher Education Commission have been ceased. We have to come to rescue by providing them financial assistance of Rs 1058 million during the outgoing financial year, most of which was out of budget.The government has proposed a substantial allocation of Rs 3.85 billion for Sindh Technical and Vocational Training Authority. It believed that the allocation STEVTA will complete its construction works on 32 new institutions introduced seven market driven courses improving 50 institutions.The role of STEVTA has been termed commendable, as it will enrol 5000 trainees to increase its capacity building to 45,000 trainees.An allocation of Rs 984.20 million is being made for BBYSD through this budget with a target of training 65,000 unskilled youth of Sindh. The government has reduced the size of ADP, but huge allocation of Rs 10.7 billion for the education sector. It is being planned to construct 10 new public schools and eight new cadet colleges in different cities of Sindh.The government planned to establish two new cadet colleges for girls at Shaheed Benazirabad and Ghari Khuda Buksh. Further to promote female education, women university at Sukkur, Bibi Aasifa Institute of Electronics and Vocational Training and Faculty of Electronic Engineering at Lyari will be established. Moreover, girls public schools at all divisional headquarters will be established under exclusive scheme of the provincial government. 

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