Islamabad (November 13, 2012): Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed a bill on Tuesday to provide free and compulsory education to poor children aged from 5 to 16 years in Islamabad. National Assembly unanimously passed “The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill‚ 2012″ (RFCE) moved by Yasmeen Rehman.
Under the bill, the government has allotted 10 percent quota for the underprivileged students in private schools.
Parents could be fined up to Rs25,000 and jailed for six months if their children were not attending school.
The punishment may be doubled if a child, who should be attending school, is found working.
The bill was passed by the Senate in June earlier this year.
Four senators from different parties—Saeeda Iqbal of the PPP, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of PML-Q, Najma Hameed of the PML-N and Farah Aqil of the ANP—presented the bill in the house.