The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training while scrutinizing the PKR 5 billion PSDP proposed by the Ministry, in its meeting on Wednesday reiterated its decision of not approving any new educational projects, unless repair and maintenance of existing schools is carried out..
The Committee was informed that allocation of budget is made under two heads i.e. Recurring Costs and PSDP. Recurring Costs entail salaries as well as repair and maintenance cost. The Committee was informed that 90 percent of this budget is exhausted in paying salaries.
The Committee stressed the need for reappropriation to protect the lives of student and teachers and said that it would formulate any legislation that was needed to support this cause. The Committee was informed that the Planning Division was responsible for reappropriation, however, inter-head fund appropriation cannot be carried out. The Committee unanimously stressed the need for a survey to be conducted by the Ministry of Education regarding dilapidated schools within a month and if no action is taken after that then the financial institutions of this country would be responsible for any loss of life that occurs.
Chaired by Senator Rahila Magsi, the meeting was attended amongst others by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Senator Najma Hameed, Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi, Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak, Senator Manzoor Ahmed Kakar, Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani and senior officers from the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and NAVTTC.