Islamabad, July 02, 2014 (PPI-OT): The second meeting of the advisory committee of the ministry of education training and standards in higher education held today under the chairmanship of the Minister. As the advisory committee is divided into further sub committees the head of a subcommittee Senator Rozina Alam Khan briefed the committee about the finding of literacy situation in Pakistan and how it can be improved.
She told the committee that the National Literacy Movement once adopted by the prime minister shall become Prime Minister Literacy movement. She further told the committee that the number of illiterates is rising in Pakistan. The Senator told the committee about the current literacy situation and the gender parity index.
She also gave the regional comparison of literacy and told the honourable members that situation demands high level of commitment and political will to improve as regionally Pakistan is much behind from the neighbors in field of education which is not very encouraging and optimistic.
She further told the members about the past literacy programs and discussed in detail the five year plans. She discussed about the policy of provision a primary school in the radius of 2.5 kilometers and Nai Roshani and basic community schools. While stressing upon the need of education she said that with knowledge becoming the key driver of the socio economic development in the 21stcentury education must be the top priority.
She further told the committee about the different measures to improve the literacy .first of all she talked about the missing facilities in the schools. Secondly she talked about the teachers training. Thirdly, incentives for students to attend school epically for the girl students who usually are ignored in the rural areas.
In the proposed literacy movement (NLM) the objective is to achieve 70 % literacy, and to enhance the quality of education and to promote socio-economic conditions of the people. She also presented a strategy to enroll five to nine year old children by age group specific intervention.
Minister of state for ET and SHE opened the house for the discussion and welcomed the valuable suggestion from the worthy members. In the end the minister appreciated the work done by the participants and encouraged them to do more.
He said that the country is passing through critical phase and it is the time to uplift this nation, which is not possible without education. He further advised the participants to share the good experiences of one another for the betterment of the people.
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