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Legislation for child labor and compulsory schooling in Pakistan: some issues

Khan, Rana Ejaz Ali and Jamal, Warda Najeeb (2008): Legislation for child labor and compulsory schooling in Pakistan: some issues. Published in: Asian Journal of Development Matters , Vol. 3, (1 March 2009): pp. 68-78.

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The lack of proper legislation about child labor and compulsory schooling, and its enforcement sustains child labor and a bulk of out of school children in Pakistan. This is manifested in different ways. In this paper we have discussed the issues of legislation and its implementation. Since child labor legislation do not cover informal sector, it is further hampered by the collusion of parents with employers in violating the law. There are also inconsistencies in legislation, which may pose problems. For example, there is no uniform definition of child labor in different Acts of legislation, and the penalties for offenders are generally too light to have a deterrent effect. Statutory provisions clearly defining the nature of work do not accompany a legal ban on child labor. Moreover child legislation is not done according to the ratifications of international conventions.

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