NCHD urges political parties to implement Article 25-A
The meeting was presided over by Minister of State for Education and Training Sardar Shahjehan Yousaf.
It was also attended by officials of all provincial governments including Minister for Education of Sindh Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and politicians representing their parties MNA Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho PPP, Senator Rozina Alam PML-N, Akram Zaki PML-Q, Senator Haji Adeel ANP, Imrana Syed MQM, Major General Mohammad Tahir PTI, Asia Nasir JUI-F, Muhammmad Malik NP, etc.
While highlighting the significance of education, NCHD Chairperson Dr Nafisa Shah opined that education had been globally accepted and acknowledged as one of the fundamental human rights and an unequivocal path to sustainable socioeconomic development.
No society could dream of development if substantial portion of its population was illiterate and considerable ratios of its children were not in schools.
On the occasion, she demanded of all representative of political parties to include Article 25-A in their political manifestos and to enhance the educational GDP from 2 percent to 4 percent to expand the radius of education at maximum level throughout the country.
All political parties’ representatives ensured to implement Article 25-A and to increase the educational GDP as much as could be if they would come into power in the future.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairperson mentioned the main objectives of the event were to highlight the importance and urgency to act for 25-A subordinate legislation, to gauge the progress of the provinces on having 25-A compliant education regime and to outline a roadmap for the implementation of the necessary actions in pursuance of Article 25-A of the Constitution.
She said according to Article 25-A, the state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children aged five to sixteen years in such a manner as may be determined by law.