LAHORE: Punjab government has planned a development budget of Rs 50 billion for the education sector. Pakistan Tehreek I Insaf (PTI) government in Punjab is presenting its fourth budget in June 2021. All provincial departments had submitted their draft budget to the government.
School Education Department has also sent a draft in this regard. According to the draft, the government has planned to prioritize the old projects rather than starting new projects. The draft also includes Rs 50 billion development schemes including the establishment of 100 primary schools in Lahore. Rs 17 billion has been allocated for starting new projects in schools, colleges and universities whereas up-gradation of government schools, building new classrooms and construction of boundary walls of schools are included in the projects.
As per the sources, Rs 15 billion has been added to the education budget of the current fiscal year. However, Rs 32 billion for school education and Rs 10.5 billion are likely to be allocated for the higher educations sector. Rs 1 billion for Special Education, Rs 3.9 billion for Literacy Department and Rs 23 block allocation fund will also be allocated.
The PTI government in Punjab allocated Rs 34 billion development budget for the education sector in its previous budget presented in 2020-21.