LAHORE - Representatives of National Education Council (NEC) Pakistan on Thursday expressed their reservations on the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill that was passed by National Assembly on Tuesday.

While talking to a press conference at Lahore Press Club, NEC representatives including its provincial president Mohammad Zaheerul Islam, Vice-Chairman Malik Khalid Mehmood, provincial secretary Manzoor Ghauri and others said that right to free education to the children from age five to sixteen was good news, but the bill had bounded private schools to allocate 10 per cent quota to deserving children. They said that NEC’s stance regarding this was that the private schools were ready to give 10 per cent discount in fee, however, if the government exempts the private school from taxes and supports financially, they would allocate the above said quota.

On the occasion, they also announced the result of NEC’s elections to which Syed Khalid Shah and Malik Khalid Mehmood had been elected as chairman and vice-chairman respectively.