Peshawar: Provincial Seminar on Education Sector Budgeting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Adequacy, Efficiency and Effectiveness for Improving Social Accountability in Education Sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa held here on Wednesday.
A provincial seminar was held on Education Sector Budgeting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Adequacy, Efficiency and Effectiveness for Improving Social Accountability in Education Sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by Centre for Governance and Public Accountability on Wednesday.
Minister for Local Government Inayat Ullah Khan, Dr Bushra, Executive Director Centre for Governance and Public Accountability Mohammad Anwar, Director Finance Saif Usmani, Right To Information Commissioner Kaleem Ullah, and Minister for Education Mohammad Atif addressed the gathering.
District Education Officers Male and Female from all the twenty-five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including the far flung districts like Battagram, Chitral, Kohistan, Torghar were also present in the seminar.
Executive Director Centre for Governance and Public Accountability Mohammad Anwar said that currently 25.02 million boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 16 who are not in school.
He told the audience that In relative terms, the province of Balochistan is home to the highest proportion of OOSC, followed by the FATA, as many as 66% of children in Balochistan and 62% in FATA are out of school. Anwar said that 13.7 million girls are out of school whereas 11.4 million boys are out of schools.
Director Finance Saif Usmani gave presentation on strategic budgetary reforms value for money and told the audience that how the budget is made and what reforms should be made.
Minister for Local Government Inayat Ullah Khan told the audience about local government election process and reforms. He told the DEOs’ how it is related to education and how important it is. Inayat Ullah said that after local government system Districts will be able to set their priorities and plan budget accordingly.
RTI Commissioner Kaleem Ullah told the audience about the process of Right to Information Law and the process. He also told them that if PIO doesn’t reply them in the given time period so they have to launch a complaint in Right to Information Commission.
The main objective of the seminar was importance of educated and skilled human resources for long-term sustainable economic growth and development can’t be overlooked. Pakistani constitution guarantees in section 25-A that
“The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such a manner as determined by law”. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is lagging behind in achieving education targets. According to Education Management Information System (EMIS) data set of 2012-13, a total of 3.93 million students are enrolled in government schools while an estimated 2.5 million children of school going age are out of school.
Education sector has been faced with multitude of challenges in the province starting from inadequate financing, ineffective and inefficient budgeting, low net enrollment rate (NER), weak governance structure, etc. Beside government this is also a civic responsibility to support and contribute in resolving these issues.
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