• Taimur Chambers Plot # 10-D (WEST), Fazal-ul-Haq Rd, Islamabad
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  • Taimur Chambers Plot # 10-D (WEST), Fazal-ul-Haq Rd, Islamabad
  • (+92) 51-2278134, (+92) 51-2278135

Policy Recommendations Details

Key issues raised:

  • Education cannot be improved in isolation rather a holistic approach is vital in this process which takes into account country’s historical, social, cultural, economic, political and environmental realities. There is a need for quality education through reformed curricula and syllabus which currently gives biased and tempered versions of history etc.
  • Education is an important subject while citing Pakistan’s national and international commitments such as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), 18th Amendment and Prime Minister’s declaration of year 2011 as year of education’ and very lately presidential address during joint session of parliament which laid greater emphasis on improving the state education in the country. Pakistan has zero chances of meeting the Millennium Development Goals and very low chances of honouring Article 25A.
  • Pakistan’s current literacy rate of 57 percent is questionable and the term literacy itself should hence be redefined. System and standards of education should be focused the most with a particular emphasis on girls’ education.
  • All the commitments of the federal government before the passage of 18th Amendment such as NFC etc (under which 300 billion rupees are given to provinces), should be fulfilled.
  • Ideological education has to be given to children involving positive propaganda in the favor of peace and rights as oppose to current system of values of hatred and anti-hinduism etc in the name of religion and nationalism.
  • Standardization of education is not necessary as there are different standards exists even in developed countries such as USA. We should divide our universities into research universities and general teaching institutions and make respective arrangement for them.
  • Every political and religious party has introduced their own education system which ultimately undermines country national education system.
  • Public-private partnership approach has become a gateway for privatization of education and there is a need to mobilize public against it through media.

Key Recommendations:

  • Inclusion of article 25-A in constitution is a great achievement, that gives constitutional right to every child to receive free and compulsory education up to the age of 16 years. It should now be correspond into law through proper legislation in parliament.
  • After a long over-due decentralization process through 18th Amendment, it is now provinces responsibilities to legislate laws on education.
  • Parliament should hold a dedicated in-camera session on education.
  • Inappropriate allocation for education such as less than 2 percent of the GDP despite commitment of raising it to by 7 percent in education policy, there is also a need of addressing mis-utilization and under-utilization of educational funds.
  • Leadership of all the political parties be involved to come up with a unanimous ‘Charter for Education’ on the pattern of ‘Charter of Democracy’. Parliamentarians should devise 3-5 year development plan specifically on education from of their constituencies. The parliamentarians should reserve some funds for education from their respective development funds.
  • Primary education has to be given in mother tongue, middle level education in wider language such as Urdu and university level teaching in English because of prevailing culture of research and international situation etc.  
  • There is a need to form ‘Pakistan Education Forum’ and involvement of provinces in this plate form to work collectively and to streamline education interventions.