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Policy Recommendations Details

Key Recommendations:

  • Provinces need to expedite legislation on the right to education to provide compulsory education to all children aged 5-16. Although, some progress has been made on a draft law for Islamabad in 2011, and one for Punjab in 2012 but, both these were unrealistic in terms of practical implementation.
  • Quality of education also requires immediate attention as the current levels of learning of children enrolled in public schools are very low. There must be drastic improvement in teaching methods, delivery and textbooks for improved measurable learning. Basic learning outcomes must be specified, measured and reported annually by the government for devising more implementable policies.
  • Educational budget should be increased to at least four percent of GDP. This increased budget must be complemented with, introduction of strict financial management, focus on effective and efficient spending, reduction in leakages and ensuring full utilization of the educational budget.
  • There is a need to develop proper feedback mechanisms at the community level for social accountability in the education sector. Inefficient service delivery in education is fueled by lack of accountability by people and proper feedback mechanisms.
  • Provision of basic facilities like shelter, playing facilities, water and usable toilets can increase enrolment in schools. Transport facilities are virtually non-existent in government schools which must be addressed particularly for girls.
  • In all provinces, girls’ enrollment in schools is very low as compared to boys’, particularly in FATA and Balochistan where the difference is most significant. Special attention should be given and resources be allocated to increase enrollment of girls in schools.
  • While there is a need to increase enrollment in schools, attention must also be given to stop massive drop outs from schools. It is observed that as the class level increases, the enrollment ratio sharply decreases while the dropouts continue to rise.
  • Teaching in regional languages and in the mother tongue must also be given due importance in educational planning.
  • Discrimination against religious minorities is prevalent in the form of pejorative textbooks and discriminatory teaching practices. Efforts must be made to end religious discrimination, provide equal opportunities and bridge the gaps to ensure quality education for all including marginalized religious minorities of Pakistan.

These recommendations were presented by the speakers while discussing right to education at following seminar:-

Date: Monday, March 12, 2012
Venu: SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad
Time: 03:00pm - 05:00pm

Speakers:

  • Mr. Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education, Islamabad
  • Mr. Rafeel Wasif, Research Associate, Idara Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA)
  • Mr. Fayyaz Yaseen, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad