“Receiving “free & compulsory” education is a legal right for every Pakistani child aged 5-16”- Article 25A.
However, the reality is harsh!
Pakistan is unable to educate every single child. According to the budget estimates, government only spent 2.03% of GDP on education & while approaching 2019 it remained less than 3% which is way below international level.
Pakistan Economic Survey cites an interesting discovery that enrollment rates were increased in the previous years but literacy rate dropped to 60%.
This is likely down to the poor education system.
Being in school doesn’t guarantee LEARNING! The suffered education system is due to:
· Lack of incentives.
· Absence of technology based learning.
· Poor infrastructure.
· Rote-learning & much more.
Especially in the rural areas conditions are worse. Hence parents are taking their children out of schools. In cities, children do pass class by class but they don’t learn anything, they do memorize everything but cannot apply it in REAL life.
It’s time Pakistan acts. Although the present government is taking initiatives & many reforms are introduced in the education sector. But, it’s the time to be SERIOUS!
We need to pay attention towards “quality education”, otherwise the dream of article 25-A will be a waste!
Credits: Khola Zia