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Karachi:06 June:Four units of vocational centres in Shaheed Benazirabad, Khairpur, Kamber-Shahdadkot and Tando Allahyar are to be constructed at a cost of Rs92 million.
Special education

The main scheme added in the new budget is establishment of an audio visual library at the special education complex in Karachi. Last year’s main highlight – the construction of an autism centre in Karachi – was just approved and the land has been allocated. According to the 2016-17 budget books, the project was to be completed by June, 2018, but the upcoming budget states that the date of completion will be June 2020 with the estimated cost increased by Rs188.4 million from the Rs100 million estimated in 2016-17.

College education

After the education emergency and bifurcation of the department, college education, which previously had Rs4.5 billion, has received an allocation of Rs5 billion in the upcoming fiscal year. The ongoing schemes include the establishment and completion of cadet colleges in Mithi, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Khairpur, Karampur, Kahirpur, Kashmore, Sukkur, Ghotki, Larkana and Jacobabad. The college education department does not have any new schemes.

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Schools education

The biggest chunk of the Rs21.2 billion is being given to the schools education department. The total Rs11.2 billion allocation is divided into Rs3.7 billion for elementary education, Rs5.08 for secondary education, Rs239 million for teacher education, Rs625 for the Sindh Education Foundation and Rs1.58 billion for miscellaneous schemes.

The biggest scheme that has been introduced in the 2017-18 fiscal year for elementary schools is a solarisation project. A total of 12 schools will be included in the project initially, with an allocation of Rs40 million per school. The project will be completed by June, 2020.

After that, the upgrade of schools from primary to elementary levels has been the highlight of the schools education department schemes. Thirty-one schools will be upgraded in phase one of the project, with a budget of Rs20 million to Rs50 million each, depending on the size of the school.

The major ongoing project in secondary education is the establishment of 25 English medium schools in each district, which is supposed to be completed in June 2018, with an allocation of Rs400 million. In the teacher’s education budget, capacity building for teachers has been added as a new scheme with an estimated cost of Rs40 million.The news.