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KP lawmakers seek retention of budget for girls education for 3rd consecutive year

  • Civil society organizations laud introduction of resolutions
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By Hamid Khan Wazir

PESHAWAR: Two resolutions seeking the provision of missing facilities in government schools and to retain allocation of 70% of the education development budget for girls’ education for the consecutive third fiscal year 2021-2022, are moved by various lawmakers of different political parties in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

MPA Naeema Kishwar of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) moved one resolution in the assembly calling for the provision of missing facilities including washrooms, clean drinking water, furniture, electricity, boundary wall and other facilities in all government schools.

MPA Naeema Kishwar of JUI, the mover of the resolution said “missing facilities in government schools is one of the major causes of girls dropout in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including the newly merged districts.”

“The upcoming budget for education is thus crucial for many reasons. The government must ensure equitable allocation and spending of budget 2021-2022 to address the challenges for girls’ education especially, which have been further aggravated by the crisis of COVID-19.”

The second resolution is moved by the 27 lawmakers representing PTI, JUI, and ANP the resolution seeking the retention of 70% of Education Development Budget allocation for Girls Education for the consecutive third fiscal year 2021-2022.

Dr. Sumera Shams, Chairperson Women Parliamentary Caucus, said that “In COVID 19 girls remain at greater risk than boys of not attending or staying in school due to child marriage, poverty and disproportionately bearing the burden of housework and care for family members. The PTI government is vigilant of these issues and committed to eliminate these barriers through more allocation and efficient spending.”

Shagufta Mailk, MPA from ANP, also the joint mover of the resolution said that “Girls secondary education is now on the top priority agenda of women parliamentarians and we will play our meaningful legislative oversight role beyond our party lines to provide girls across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with safe, quality, gender-transformative education so they may find their voices and learn to lead.”

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa civil society organizations and education rights activists lauded the introduction of the resolutions for Girls Secondary Education by the women parliamentarians.

Qamar Naseem, Program Coordinator Blue Veins and Girls’ Education Right Champion, said that “education is one of the sectors that got hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating the existing gender inequalities & digital divide. The upcoming budget needs to take cognizance of these challenges and accord a bigger thrust on augmenting educational opportunities and resources for the girl child, especially at the secondary level.”

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