ISLAMABAD, Mar 19 (APP):Advisor to Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms Ishrat Hussain Tuesday said the government was committed to remove stereotype barriers and would introduce vocational and technical education from primary level across the country.
During a panel discussion held here on the second day of ‘Investing In People’ conference, he said the government was working on revamping the entire education system to create productive, creative and innovative workforce for the country.
“Around 50 million of children do not cross the primary level of education as we could not build the required number of middle schools in the past which may have had helped promotion of human resource development,” he regretted,
Underlining the issues of demand and supply being faced by Pakistan in the local employment market, he said the country was producing a large number of graduates every year but unfortunately they were not getting relevant productive job opportunities, he remarked.
Quoting the World Bank’s recent report, Ishrat said only 10 cents out of Rs 1 were reaching to a school and recommended that the present government should focus on to improve delivery services system to achieve set goals and targets in the filed of education.
The country was spending four per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education which the advisor admitted was not sufficient but he stressed for rational allocation of resources which was a real problem.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari passionately called for uniform education system and voiced his serious concern over different syllabus being taught in Pakistan.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Law Minister Faroogh Naseem to draft the legislation required for restricting the policies,” he added.
Since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led government came to the power, the Overseas Pakistanis had reposed their confidence in the country’s leadership and they were ready to help Pakistan in terms of finance and knowledge.
Zulfikar said the Pakistani Diaspora has a number of intellectuals, professionals and notables and their expertise was vital for national development.
He said his ministry had recently launched an online portal ‘Naya Pakistan Calling’ to let the Pakistani expatriates contribute in national development and economic prosperity.
“We are working on brain gain as we need their expertise to excel our every institution,” he said.
Zulfikar insisted to invest more resources on enrolling millions of out of the school children .
United Nations Resident Coordinator, Neil Buhne said the idea of Human Development came from the Sustainable Development Goals to which almost every country had ratified, adding that a honest leadership could only translate these goals into a reality.
He said institutional reforms were imperative for bringing a real change in Pakistan and there were a lot of challenges for the incumbent government ahead which needed to be addressed efficiently, he added.
Ishrat Hussain agreeing with the resident coordinator said the devaluation process was incomplete and government was committed to transfer the powers at local level.
Ambassador of the Netherland Ardi Stoio-Braken emphasized on equal representation of women in national development process. The government should provide the level playing field to the females in every walk of life including politics, education, Health and others, she added.
To this, Ishrat Hussain proposed that it should be made mandatory for the primary and middle schools to hire only female teachers.
This would eventually help country to produce disciplined, creative and intelligent students for higher education, he opined.