Minister of state for federal education and vocational training Muhammad Baleegh ur Rehman says vocational secondary schools have been set up across the country to produce skilled workforce.

Addressing an international conference on Technical and Vocational Education Training in Islamabad today, he said the step will also help decrease drop out ratio at the primary school level. Vocational learning will help them get jobs not only within the country but also abroad.

The Minister said education sector is being improved and developed on priority basis.

He said the budget allocation for education has been raised to 800 billion rupees this year from 500 billion rupees three years ago.

He said in the current financial year more than 91 billion rupees are being spent on higher education through the Higher Education Commission.

Baleegh ur Rehman said  the Apprenticeship Act has been approved which will facilitate the industrialists as well as apprentices in training and skill development.

He said the Government is fulfilling its responsibilities under the article 25 A  of the constitution by ensuring access to free education to all under the age of sixteen years.

Baleegh ur Rehman thanked the European Union, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and other partners for their collaboration in development of education and vocational training sector.

Speaking on the occasion, German ambassador Ms Ina Lapel highlighted the importance of vocational training in the developing countries and appreciated the role of present Government of Pakistan towards this end.

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