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Education is now compulsory for Pakistani children

Islamabad:  Pakistan has made education free and compulsory for children aged between five and 16.

Pakistan's National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the right to free and compulsory education bill 2012. The bill was already passed by the Senate, Geo TV reported.

The bill also provides for 10 percent reserved seats for poor children in all private educational institutions. Law breakers will pay fine up to Rs.50,000 or six months in jail.

Religious Affairs Minister Syed Khurshid Shah said free and compulsory education for children is the top priority of the government.

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