LAHORE - Private educational institutions are playing a pivotal role in providing quality education and government highly appreciates their services.  Punjab Minister for Excise & Taxation and Finance Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman expressed the views while addressing inauguration of a private management institute on Saturday.

“The provision of education is a constitutional obligation of the government, but it cannot do it single-handedly and it requires the support of the private sector,” he added.

“It is encouraging that private schools are providing standardized education and it is a healthy sign for the education system of the country. The government considers private schools as active partners in the struggle of promotion of education in the country,” he added. 

He said that the budget allocated for education was Rs.274 billion which is 26.25 percent of total expenditures. He said improvement of higher education was the priority of government and Rs.14.5 billion had been provided for developmental work of higher education.

He said that Rs.3.42 billion had been provided for the establishment of new colleges whereas Rs1.36 billion were being spent on the provision of missing facilities in colleges.