Bilawal warns govt against cut in HEC funding amid global pandemic

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Bilawal warns govt against cut in HEC funding amid global pandemic

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday lambasted PTI-led government for its “anti-education agenda” and warned that curtailment in funding of Higher Education Commission (HEC) would lead to real consequences in the times of global pandemic.
Taking to Twitter, the PPP chairman criticised that the incumbent government had reduced HEC funding in its last budget and has refused to significantly raise funding in this year’s budget too.
“The PTI’s consistent assault on HEC funding is having very real consequences at a time medical universities are at the frontline battling #covid. PTI cut HEC funding in last budget & refused to significantly raise funding in this years budget,” the PPP leader wrote on Twitter.
Rebuking government’s move of not increasing the funding of HEC during the times of pandemic, Bilawal said that the authorities have not even bothered to support medical universities and teaching hospitals in hard times when the country is suffering from the health emergency.
“This means students fees will continue to shoot up & staff salaries will be cut, eventually some universities will be forced to shut,” he lamented.

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