One of the great, conspicuous scholars Plato once said “If you want to judge the quality of a civilisation, have a look at its teachers”
There is no denying the fact that education plays a pivotal role in the cognitive development of the individuals. It enables the individuals to take active part in socio-economic and political development of the country.
Moreover, education makes individuals think, reflect, observe, contemplate, judge between right and wrong, and question. It not only helps an individual in earning a good living but also develop a sense of independence in the individual that boost his or her self-esteem.
It is saddening to note that the neglect of individual’s educational right in Pakistan is omnipresent. Though it is the state responsibility to provide free and compulsory education to the subjects as mentioned in Article 25-A of the constitution of Pakistan (1973)
“The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such a manner as may be determined by law”
Yet 25 million children are still out of schools and experts state that this figure remained unchanged since 2005. Innocent children are forced to work due to poor economic development, poverty and inefficient allocation of sources in sectors like education and health. Literacy rate in Pakistan stands at 57% which is not satisfactory when compared with other nations of the region.
Secondly, government of Pakistan has been spending more on unnecessary mega projects (like orange train, metro –buses and motor ways) and defense but lesser on socio-economic development.
By this way how Pakistan can make rapid progress when majority of its population is totally illiterate? How can we think of a bright future for our children who are out of schools? If we want our children to learn more now and earn more later, we have to make right investment. Instead of investing on mega projects , we should make human development our first priority which is the dire need of time. We should have to realize the truth that prosperity in Pakistan is directly interlinked with the education of individuals.