Zakaria Usman applauds optimistic approach of Prime Minister about academic and technical education in Pakistan at primary, secondary and higher secondary levels

Karachi, April 03, 2014 (PPI-OT): Zakaria Usman, President FPCCI applauded the optimistic approach of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about academic and technical education in Pakistan at primary, secondary and higher secondary levels and expected increase in the education budget upto 4% of GDP in next few years.

He drew the attention of the Prime Minister to corruption in education department such as a large number of ghost teachers and ghost schools at primary and secondary level both in urban and rural areas and plunder of educational funds which have been highlighted by some print and electronic media.

He proposed that strict measures are required to control the irregularity and misappropriation by introducing strict check and balance system in the education sector at all level from primary to higher education so that optimum benefits of the increasing budget can be reaped.

He said that FPCCI being the apex body of private sector of Pakistan would cooperate with the Prime Minister for this noble cause as the business community understand that the man behind the machine is as important as the modern machine and the investment in human resources is considered as a long term investment for speedy economic development of a nation. He informed that about 300,000 workers would be required in next few years in UAE for the preparations of Expo 2020.

Pakistan can get the benefit of this opportunity and send skilled labour to UAE which will positively impact on our home remittance. He said that we have to jointly resolve the education problem of the country for which he underscored the need of public-private partnership.

Zakaria Usman said that Pakistan is a developing country and majority of its inhabitants are from low income households due to which the majority of poor masses do not send their children in educational institutes. He suggested that a suitable stipend may be given to the school going children of poor mass to incentive them to send their children to schools rather than subjecting them to child labour.

He also suggested that Pakistan’s teaching system needs to be aligned with 21st century. The education upto Matric level should be arranged free of cost for everyone.

The syllabus upto Matric lavel should be kept same throughout the country so that and discrimination between private and government schools is eliminated. He also stressed the performance-based promotion of teachers, separate training for management positions in schools to keep them updated with the development in educational system of the world.

For more information, contact:
M. A. Lodhi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332

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