Yesterday the Pakistani national assembly unanimously passed “The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill”. The bill provides for free and compulsory education to all children, regardless of gender, of the age of five to sixteen years and even requires private educational institutions to meet a specific quota of poor children admitted or face a fine up to Rs50,000 or six months imprisonment.
Speaking on the occasion‚ Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah said that the free and compulsory education for children is the basic priority of the government. He expressed hope that after the passage of the bill, provinces will also follow suit and make legislation accordingly.
This is a big step towards bringing equal rights to an education to females in an Islamic nation, with this legislation defying established Taliban ban against female education in Pakistan. Here’s hoping that other Islamic nations take note and begin encouraging the women of their country to receive an education rather than banning it.
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