Education in Pakistan


Sumaiya Fayyaz

Education is considered as the cheapest, but most strong and invulnerable defence of a nation. But the low priority given to the education sector in Pakistan reflects myopic and thoughtless stance of the successive governments. Though 68 years have been passed and 23 policies and action plans have been introduced yet the educational sector is waiting for an arrival of a saviour. Nowadays, the economic situation in Pakistan is under stress and education is the worse affected sector in Pakistan. The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan says, “State of Pakistan shall remove illiteracy and provide free and compulsory secondary education within minimum possible period.”
In Human development Report Pakistan is placed at 136th position for having just 49.9% educated populace. The primary completion rate in Pakistan, given by Data Centre of UNESCO, is 33.8% in females and 47.18% in males, which shows that people in the 6th largest country of the world are unable to get the basic education.

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