by Asim Mallick
WEB DESK: In the Sindh budget education received a 28.7 percent share this year.
Of the total budget of Rs503.34 billion, an amount of Rs157.52 billion was reserved for education– which is 7.3 percent more when compared to last year.
Of the amount earmarked for education Rs144.68 billion was reserved for the current budget (salaries and everyday expenses).
Development budget equals to 12.84 billion rupees– this small amount will be used for all other policies including getting its 6 million children into schools.
As shown in the pie chart most of the budget will go into salaries. Added to it is the fact that 1.939 new posts have been created in 2015-16. These new posts are also included in amount allocated for salaries. Besides this only 37.9 billion rupees is reserved for non-salary expenses such as repair of schools etc.
Fiscal year 2015-16 saw the increase of 12.41 % of current budget for education.
Below is the comparison between current budget of year 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Fiscal year 2015-16 saw the increase of 9.14 % in the developmental budget for education.
Total numbers of schools in Sindh are 46,724 these schools are further distributed gender wise. Only 8, 094 schools are for Girls and 38, 336 are reserved for Boys.
The education system in Sindh is declining as 49 % of students are able to read Urdu sentences, 63 % cannot read a single sentence in English while 58% find it impossible to do a two digit division.
School infrastructure cries for attention. At least 52% primary schools have no electricity, 51% primary school lack drinking water, 46% do not have toilets and 43% do not have a boundary wall.
Will the amount earmarked for the development budget be sufficient to address all of these issues? Or was the increase in budget only a half-hearted attempt to look good?