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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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Mar 13, 2013 04:21am
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)
Mar 13, 2013 12:57pm
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.
Mar 13, 2013 12:56pm
Its a very good omen....Education is free...BUT...Where are the qualified teachers?????
Humayun Javed
Mar 13, 2013 05:31am
a delightful news emanating from a war stricken province. lets hope and pray for divine guidance behind it all the way.
Mar 13, 2013 02:23am
What a joke. 4 days before the government dissolves. I smell pre-poll rigging. ECP where are you !!
Sue Sturgess
Mar 13, 2013 02:07am
Well done!!!!!
Mar 13, 2013 07:47am
This is good news, may Allah Bless these people who made free education compulsory. We can out from darkness only through proper education.
Mar 13, 2013 08:03am
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 ...
Mar 13, 2013 09:45am
I hope this is just not a political move. Hopefully it is implemented properly for the better future of pakistan
Mar 14, 2013 05:58am
Way to go guys! Thumps up! Only make sure the children get clean and good educate. Best wishes.