Concern Over Low Spending On Education
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Rector Abdul Razzak Dawood has said the state of education in Pakistan is alarmingly appalling and should be a matter of concern for every person.
Speaking at a certificate distribution ceremony of a 10-day capacity building workshop for schoolteachers organised by the Progressive Education Network (PEN) at Ali Institute of Education as the chief guest, he said education was a serious activity and the government and the private sector should work together for strengthening the education system of the country.
He said teachers were not given due respect and status in our society. He called teachers as “unsung heroes” who were contributing their lives to imparting quality education. He added education was an interactive process in which both teachers and students played an important role. The LUMS rector appreciated the role of PEN in teachers training and hoped that in future the organisation would also play its role in promoting quality education in the country. He said teachers should be given due respect in society.
Speaking on the occasion, PEN chief executive officer Nadeem Babar said a visit to various public schools in the city showed that children wanted to learn and teachers wanted to teach but the system hindered their aspirations.
Sharing his experiences, he said during a visit to various countries almost all nations were developing but Pakistan was not. “It’s just because of sheer neglect to education”, he added. He said Bangladesh was spending some eight per cent of its public funding on education and regretted that the Pakistan government was even slashing its already meagre budget for education.
Nadeem Babar said the select group of primary and secondary school teachers was trained by experts of Ali Institute of Education for ten days.