Dismal spending on education

Published: March 5, 2011

ISLAMABAD: According to a Unesco report released in 2011 on Pakistan’s education situation, the country spends seven times more on defence than on education. This is a travesty and amounts to a massive misdirection of scarce resources, given that Pakistan has among the highest number of children of school-going age who are not in school. This is a matter of grave concern and should bring about a reordering of priorities by the government because, quite clearly, it needs to spend far more on education that it currently does.

Provincial and federal governments should immediately devise a strategy to take steps to boost the primary school enrolment rate, especially in provinces like Balochistan and the rural areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and south Punjab. Education is the only way through which we can fight the menace of terrorism.

Hafiz Muhammad Irfan

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2011.


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  • Usama Zafar
    Mar 6, 2011 - 4:04AM

    That is indeed true but the problem is that this is a long-term solution which cannot be achieved overnight. We do need to keep the short-run solutions in mind as well. The very first solution that comes into my mind is reducing the interest rates so that direct investments can increase which would create more employment opportunities for people!!Recommend

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