Experts call for sufficient budget allocation for girls’ education

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Pre-budget consultative meeting

zubair qureshi

While emphasizing the need for sufficient allocation of the annual budget for girls education to bridge the gap, the education experts have discussed and suggested the important steps that the Punjab government should take for better governance and increased financing in the education sector.

The recommendations and concerns were put forward by the leading education experts during a pre-budget consultation meeting in Punjab with particular focus on Girl’s Education, organized by the Awaz CDS Pakistan in collaboration with Education Champions Network Pakistan and Pakistan Coalition for Education.

The purpose was to enable practitioners and experts to share their recommendations for the budget allocation at the provincial level and become a part of the budget making process.

The pre-budget consultative meeting brought together government officials, experts, civil society representatives, prominent academics to provide input in the upcoming Punjab provincial budget 2022-23.

The panellists included Economist University of Central Punjab Lahore, Prof. Dr. Qais Aslam, CEO of Rah-Center for Management and Development, Fauzia Viqar, Additional Secretary (Budget & Planning) School Education Department Punjab, Qaiser Rashid, Director General (Parliamentary Affairs & Research) Provincial Assembly of the Punjab Inayat Ullah Lak, MPA Punjab Assembly and Chairperson Standing Committee on Gender Mainstreaming , Uzma Kardar.

Starting the session, CEO Awaz CDS Pakistan, Mohammad Zia ur Rehman said that, we should enhance the capacities of departments at district level so they can utilize and report the budgets efficiently. He also advocated notifying and implementing free and compulsory education Act in Punjab.

Zehra Arshad, Executive Director Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE), emphasized the need of putting extra efforts in the education sector from allocations to spending especially in a time of post Covid situation where the number of OOSC has already been exacerbated.

Marium Amjad Khan-Campaign Manager-AwazCDS-Pakistan presented the recommendations prepared by Education Champion Network on the education sector in Punjab. She highlighted the steps need to be taken not just for increasing girls enrolment but also their retention in schools.

Ayesha Iqbal , MPA Punjab Assembly, suggested taking all PEIMA and PEF schools under one umbrella to minimize the expenses on bureaucracy and other unnecessary expenditures. She added that it will also help in making systems accountable.

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