PR No. 6
PRESS RELEASE Islamabad: June 2, 2015

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Secretary for Federal Education & Professional Training Imtiaz Tajwar attended the “Pakistan Innovation Corridor” as a Chief Guest on behalf of the Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman at Serena Hotel today.

The Constitution of Pakistan makes it the state’s responsibility to “provide free and compulsory education to all children of age 5-16 years in such a manner as may be determined by law”, stated Secretary Education. Government is not only focusing on bringing out of school children to school but also working on improving learning outcomes of those who are in school.

Secretary Education said that the ASER data shows that learning outcomes are dismal. Only 63 percent children in class 5 are able to read a story in Urdu and only 57 percent can read a sentence in English. Although things are improving and according to another report of ASER 2014, over 40 percent children in Punjab are now enrolled in non-government institutions.

The scale of the challenge and the shifts in the education landscape require us to think innovatively and act collectively, emphasized the Secretary Education.Ilm Ideas is a commendable effort in this direction and Department for International Development (DFID) should be commended for taking the lead in creating such a program.This program has encouraged and supported sector players to think out of the box and come up with sustainable products and services that improve the quality and access to education.

Education is not only about learning; it is a multi-dimensional process that ultimately affects our people, our economy, and our society. With 35 percent or more of Pakistan’s population under the age of 15, we have a tremendous responsibility to equip this huge young population with education that enables them to become productive citizens of the future.

In the end, Education Secretary said that the solutions and ideas that are being presented today are impressive but should be seen only as a start. We need this process of novelty and teamwork to continue and we are committed to supporting the process.

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