Literacy rate up to 54 percent: Prime Minister
ISLAMABAD, July 3(Daily Times): The literacy rate in the country rose to 54 percent and the gross
enrolment rate for primary education improved from 72 percent to 87 percent in
2006, says Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
The net enrolment rate for
children between five and nine years and six and 10 years has improved from 42
percent to 50 percent and 51 percent to 61 percent respectively, Aziz said while
addressing the first ever convocation of the Foundation University here. He said
illiterate nations could not make progress. He said education enhances human
capabilities, creates opportunities for individual progress and social
According to Aziz the most critical difference between the rich
and poor nations today is the level of education and the quality of human
resource. He congratulated the graduates and praised those who had won
distinction for their outstanding performance. "We must build up an education
system based on clear objectives reflecting a healthy balance between academic
pursuits and extra-curricular activities, natural and social sciences and
technical skills and the liberal arts."
Aziz said all stakeholders –
policymakers, teachers, parents and students – were responsible to ensure that
the nation attain the highest level of education. He stressed the need for
focusing on vocational training and equipping the students with technical and
managerial skills. "We need to accelerate the adoption of new information and
communication technologies and must expand access to female education to fully
leverage more than half of the population," he said. The prime minister said,
between 2001 to 2006, pro-poor budgetary spending was more than doubled, growing
at an annual rate of almost 23 percent. He said the government had given the
priority to technical and vocational education, which was being coordinated by
the National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC).
"mean people always talk in mean way."
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