Government to contribute 200 million US dollars to the National Education Action Plan Program for COVID-19

Emphasizing the Covid-19 situation, the DCPC said that the exceptional circumstances and the unprecedented crisis must be duly considered.

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The Deputy Chairman Planning Commission (DCPC), Mohammed Jehanzeb Khan, chaired a meeting to discuss the National Education Action Plan for COVID-19. The Federal and Provincial Secretaries’ Education and senior officials from the Planning Ministry participated in the meeting through a video link.

Mohammad Jehanzeb said:

The Federal Government has taken the lead on the concept of blended education. We have consulted all the Provincial Government Education Departments and the Planning and Development divisions for their feedback on the initiative.

Mohammad Jehanzeb further explained that the Federal Government is willing to contribute approximately 200 million US dollars as a counterpart to the National Education Action Plan Program. He said that the provinces that participate in contribution would receive the funding as a grant.

These provinces will not be liable for the loan repayment. He advised the Provincial Planning Departments, the Provincial Literacy and Education Departments, and the Finance Departments to coordinate and lay-out a comprehensive provincial response.

Emphasizing the Covid-19 situation, the DCPC said the exceptional circumstances and the unprecedented crisis must be duly considered. Regarding this, he said the donor support for the Education Emergency at the national level had been harnessed.

The meeting concluded with all the Provincial Governments endorsing the emergency education plan. Following this, the DCPC directed the Ministry of Education to have consultative sessions with the Provincial Governments and incorporate their feedback as well.

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