Education is a powerful weapon through which we can liberalise our country from internal as well as external threats. Unfortunately, education has not been prioritised by any successive government. It is eye-opening news that 22.6m children are out of school, according to Pakistan Education Statistics. Pakistan is lagging behind in education in South Asia. According to UNESCO, literacy rate in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka is 56.4pc, 61.5pc, 72.1pc, 92.6pc respectively. Pakistan’s education spending budget is 2.83pc of total budget. Only four universities have placed its positions in world 1000 university ranking. This army of illiterate and unemployed people emerge poverty, deteriorated law and order situation and also lured by extremist thought. Pakistan has a resource-based economy but due to lack knowledge-based economy, it is not used properly. The Government has to improve literacy rate by using its will. Primary education must be prioritised. Syllabus should be revised. The Government ensure highest enrolment rate in schools. Harmful politicisation and radicalisation should be eliminated by high-handedness. Ten percent of total budget should be allocated and similarly utilisation should be done transparently.
MUHAMMAD HAYAT WASAN