Govt lacks political will to promote education, uniform.


KARACHI -- Guest speaker, prominent journalist and writer, Zubaida Mustafa said: 'government lacks political will for promotion of education in the country even though the constitution of Pakistan under act 25/A directs government to provide free education to all children of the ages between 5 to 16.' She was addressing the Shura Hamdard meeting, presided over by Justice (Rtd) Haziqul Khairi on the theme: 'National unity and educational system,' held yesterday at Hamdard Corporate Office, Karachi. According to her there are many education and health related issues that need to be addressed in order to promote effective educational system.

Children must be healthy to attend school and learn regularly. 'In our society, there is not much focus on early education and this saying that parents do not want to send their children to school is an excuse, ' she maintained. While adding that if government fails to fulfill its commitment to education, eventually the private sector will come forward. It is important not to create obstacles in the way of private sector instead government should work with them to promote education especially primary. She also highlighted the importance of trained teachers. Abbas Husain, Director, Teachers Development Centre, Karachi said, 'Best methods of teaching are available in English, language, so I urged the teachers to learn English to master technique of teaching and to have command of languages. The time has changed now even from 2009 China, realizing the importance of English has become a largest English learning country and after China, Japan is the next country,' he said, adding that every country had realized the need and importance of English.

Mrs. Sadia Rashid, President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan said, single educational system and curriculum in the country would promote patriotic approach among new generation thus paving the way of national unity, we seek for a very long time. Prof. Dr. Shakil-ur-Rahman Farooqui lamented that present educational system had destroyed the national unity and shattered the very foundation of the country. 'There are many systems of education running in the country of no avail as a student of English...

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