Poor results in competitive exams should ring alarm bells: Mamnoon

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Sophia Siddiqui

Different quarters have expressed concerns over poor results of this year’s CSS exams and President Mamnoon Hussain, who always raises important issues in his speeches, also articulated his concerns in this regard while addressing the one day national conference on Elements of National Power organized by Ministry of Planning and Development and Higher Education Commission here on Thursday. He called for evolving an effective strategy to evaluate standards of education in the country. This is necessary because of questions being raised about quality and standard of education. Poor performance of candidates in competitive examination should also ring alarm bells, Mamnoon Hussain said while addressing the conference attended by academia, students, officers of armed forces and people belonging to different segments of the society.
The President called for flawless planning for economic development of the country. He was speaking at the national conference on Elements of National Power in Islamabad today. He said there is need to formulate strategy for national development and stability keeping in view key factors. He said education being key to progress and development, we must give priority to quality of education and research and development.
The President said Pakistan has all the necessary elements to grow and prosper. It is located at the confluence of important regions, has fertile land and is rich in natural resources. He said all sectors of the economy have shown improvement during the last three years and this is being acknowledged by neutral global institutions.
President Mamnoon Hussain said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has added yet another dimension to prospects of development of different regions of the country. He called for complete national harmony for successful completion of the corridor. Mamnoon Hussain said our defense is in strong hands and the armed forces are recognized as one of the best and the most organized in the world.
He said our forces are rendering sacrifices not only for the sake of country but also for regional peace and security. He said our strategic assets are not only meant for the country’s defense but they are also being utilized in the spheres of energy, education and development of the country.
In his address, Minister of State for Education Baligur Rehman highlighted the opportunties and challenges faced by the country. He said Pakistan is considered as the most powerful country of Muslim world and many countries are looking towards it to meet their military needs. Chairman Higher Education Commission Mukhtar Ahmad said that his organization is soon launching vision 2025 for further promotion of higher education in the country.

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