Unlike India, where free and compulsory education is up to middle school level, Pakistan has marched ahead with its parliament passing a bill for free and compulsory education to all children aged between 5 and 16 years, meaning thereby, up to class X or high school level.
THE PAKISTAN National Assembly unanimously passed the 'Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2012', which was earlier passed by the Senate. It has been stated that under the bill, every child, irrespective of sex, nationality or race, will have a 'fundamental right to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school'.
The Bill directs that no school can be established without obtaining a certificate of registration from the prescribed authority. It is being hoped by the lawmakers that the Bill would work as an instrument in removing the disparity in school education and ensure a universal quality education in Pakistan.
Another feature of the bill is that private educational institutions will be bound to reserve 10 per cent of seats for poor children.