STAFF REPORT ISB: Education in Pakistan has remained a low priority since 1947. This, despite the fact that the very first conference held in Pakistan was on education where Quaid-e-Azam had declared that, “education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan.”
While there has been a substantial increase in the number of schools, colleges and universities, Pakistan remains one of the most illiterate countries in the world. 60 million Pakistanis today cannot read or write. Again, the quality of education imparted, barring a small number of outstanding educational institutions, is generally sub-standard.
According to experts, it is easy to explain the reason for this disappointing state of affairs. Primarily it is a lack of political will.
This grievous deficiency is rooted in the mindset of our feudalistic political leadership (even the urban elite is tainted by it).This mindset can best be seen at play in the most feudalistic province where barring Karachi and one or two other cities, education budgets and programmes have been used as a means of rank patronage, misuse of assets and corruption. Thousands of schools remain closed for years, occupied as they are by influential elements.