Pri­ori­tis­ing ed­u­ca­tion

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SYED ALI QASIM

Ed­u­ca­tion is the key to so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of a coun­try. Ed­u­ca­tion dis­pels the dark­ness of ig­no­rance. In the cur­rent com­pet­i­tive world, no one can sur­vive and ad­vance with­out ed­u­ca­tion. There­fore, pro­vi­sion of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion to the masses is the first and fore­most duty of ev­ery state and gov­ern­ment. Keep­ing this in mind, the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment has an­nounced an un­prece­dented in­crease in its al­lo­ca­tion for ed­u­ca­tion in the re­cently an­nounced bud­get and is mak­ing stren­u­ous ef­forts for the pro­vi­sion of ed­u­ca­tion to ev­ery doorstep.

The al­lo­ca­tion of Rs 313 bil­lion for ed­u­ca­tion be­sides launch­ing of Chief Min­is­ter’s Merit Schol­ar­ship Scheme is cer­tainly a wel­come step as it will help bring rev­o­lu­tion in this de­prived sec­tor. Within the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, school ed­u­ca­tion is among the top pri­or­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment with the ob­jec­tive to en­roll more out-of-school chil­dren and pro­vide them with nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties. If She­hbaz Sharif’s dream of de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in the Prov­ince ma­te­ri­al­izes into re­al­ity then that day is not far when Pak­istan will also be among the coun­tries with high­est lit­er­acy rate. — La­hore

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