Pakistan’s system of education is in a state of crisis. More than 25 million boys and girls are out of school, and most of those who do attend school receive an education of poor quality. Of the children who enrol in Class 1, nearly 75% drop out before completing their schooling. School buildings are crumbling, basic facilities are missing and thousands of schools are non-functional or exist only on paper. Teachers are overworked and poorly trained, and teacher absenteeism is common… These are just some of the issues we need to tackle on an emergency footing.
Given the scale of the problem it is easy to give up hope. But while the challenge is daunting, it is not insurmountable. Solutions are within our reach. The process of change is slow and the journey will be difficult but we must begin somewhere. Here are three simple steps our leaders can take to begin addressing Pakistan’s education crisis.
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PM Nawaz Sharif: Speech at UN General Assembly - 26 Sept, 2014, PM's Youth Policy Address - 21 Sept, 2013
Imran Khan: Clip from a TV interview - 9th Jan, 2015
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: Speech on Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's Death Anniversary - 4 April, 2014
Altaf Hussain: Speech on MQM's Foundation Day