Poverty, access and quality education are main reasons behind high dropout ratio: minister

Islamabad, March 26, 2014 (PPI-OT): We the people of Pakistan are not passing through our best of times in terms of imparting education to our children and are facing many problems in education sector i.e. high dropout rates at primary and secondary levels, gender inequality in enrollment, as in Pakistan’s backward and less developed areas, girls, education is given less importance as compared to the boys, Minister of State for Education said this at INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION at NUML Islamabad.

He further said that another hurdle in the way of education is the insufficient funds both with the state and the parents. He informed that fifty percent of the population of the country comprises the youth who are below the age of thirty. Although the situation at the higher education level is better than primary and secondary levels but only eight percent of the students are able to make way to the universities.

While discussing the reasons of high dropout rates the minister for education said that access to schools is very limited in certain areas especially the low population density areas and government is not able to help these children.

They cannot afford it due to multiple factors. He further said that there is a situation when student and parent feel that nothing value able is being added to the personality of the learner so they leave just because of the poor quality of education.

He further said that there is always room for development and the only thing needed is plan and strategy. Minister stressed upon the need of excellence which he said must be pursued in every field of life.

He further elaborated that our religion has given paramount importance to do everything in the best possible manner. To make the things better, he said, that there must be linkages among universities, Government institutions and the industries so that they can work together to fulfill the needs of each other.

He also elaborated that when his government took over, the problems were paramount in the form of energy crises, law and order conditions and bad economic conditions but even then the education remained the priority of their government. He told that the funds of Higher Education Commission were increased from 49billions to 58 billion.

He expressed the resolve that his government is planning to enhance the education budget up to four per cent of the GDP. He said that government is currently receiving only eight per cent of the GDP in the shape of the taxes and they are planning to widen the tax net. When tax to GDP ratio shall increase the spending on the education shall automatically increase.

In the end minister told the audience that they are able to evolve a curricula commission in collaboration with provinces with minimum standards to be followed by all of them. Peter Benin from US embassy, Doctor Maria Statin from ball university USA rector NUML, also spoke on the occasion and shed light on the importance of quality education.

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