Karachi: Sindh Assembly here on Wednesday unanimously passed a government bill for provision of free and compulsory education to all children aged from five to 16 years in Sindh province.
Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq sought permission to present supplementary order of the day and with the permission of the chair he requested to allow him to withdraw the Bill No 04 of 2013 The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Sindh Bill 2013. With the permission of speaker and consent of the house the bill was withdrawn.
Later, Pir Mazharul Haq under the supplementary order of the day introduced the Bill No 7 of 2013 The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2013, which was unanimously passed into law.
This bill is for providing free and compulsory education to all children of Sindh province of the age of five to sixteen years on State expense. Members belonging to treasury and opposition spoke on the bill and termed it a landmark legislation of present assembly.
Pir Mazharul Haq said Sindh is the first province of Pakistan that has passed the law for provision of free and compulsory education to children ageing 5 to 16 years. He hoped that other provinces would also follow suit.
The house was adjourned till Thursday, February 14, 2103 at 10:00 am.