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QUETTA: The governor of Balochistan on Tuesday issued an ordinance under which primary and secondary school education has been declared compulsory and free.

The ordinance will be implemented with immediate effect, according to a press release.

The move has come against the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s directive to implement Article-25A of the Constitution.

The article says it is the responsibility of the state to provide free and compulsory education up to matriculation to children.

It was inserted in the Constitution through the 18th Amendment. The court had issued the directive while hearing a petition regarding deteriorating condition of schools.

Education was among the subjects devolved to the provinces under the amendment.

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March 13, 2013 4:21 am
great news! many congrats! now the govt' needs to ensure that the teachers' attendance is regular and they fulfill their duty sincerely.
Agha Ata (USA)
March 13, 2013 12:57 pm
Thank God, it was supposed to have been done by the British rulers a century ago. Our landlords didn't do it for 65 years what the British didn't do for 100 years, for the same reason; that is, education among masses is dangerous for dishonest rulers.
March 13, 2013 12:56 pm
Its a very good omen....Education is free...BUT...Where are the qualified teachers?????
Humayun Javed
March 13, 2013 5:31 am
a delightful news emanating from a war stricken province. lets hope and pray for divine guidance behind it all the way.
March 13, 2013 2:23 am
What a joke. 4 days before the government dissolves. I smell pre-poll rigging. ECP where are you !!
Sue Sturgess
March 13, 2013 2:07 am
Well done!!!!!
March 13, 2013 7:47 am
This is good news, may Allah Bless these people who made free education compulsory. We can out from darkness only through proper education.
March 13, 2013 8:03 am
Finally a good change in Pakistan... I wish the entire country follows this example... The need of the hour is to educate the next generation and fill their heads and hearts with true knowledge ...
March 13, 2013 9:45 am
I hope this is just not a political move. Hopefully it is implemented properly for the better future of pakistan
March 14, 2013 5:58 am
Way to go guys! Thumps up! Only make sure the children get clean and good educate. Best wishes.
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