The federal government has allocated a meagre amount of Rs2961.926 million for the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training Division for ten on-going and three new, but unapproved, schemes for the financial year 2017-18.
According to the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), out of the total Rs2.961 billion, an amount of Rs2.385 billion has been earmarked for ten on-going schemes, while only Rs576 billion has been allocated for three new schemes.
In the ongoing schemes, Rs1.467 billion has been allocated for establishment and operation of basic education community schools in the country, Rs737.180 million has been earmarked for improving human development indicators in Pakistan, with focus on MDGs relating to education and six EFA goals, while Rs40 million has been earmarked for National Best Teacher Awards and National Teachers Training Institute.
Similarly, there are three projects included in the year 2017-18 for which Rs576 million has been allocated, but all these are unapproved. For National Education Reform Initiative, Rs500 million has been allocated, whereas Rs50 million for teaching the Holy Quran in BECS and NCHD Schools, and Rs26 million has been allocated for the capacity building of education managers.