Education reform: ‘Robust effort needed for uplift of education’

LAHORE: Budgetary allocations, governance and politicisation of education were among the challenges facing the education sector in Pakistan. The country spent less than two per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on education and ranked 177th globally in terms of public spending on education.

These observations were part of the second issue of UNDP’s Development Advocate Pakistan – a quarterly publication that looks at a specific development sector in each edition.

The latest issue, on making education work: the governance conundrum, was launched on Thursday at the Forman Christian College Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG).

The first issue, launched earlier this year, focused on local governance.

According to the publication, Pakistan’s education expenditures fell behind that of India and Nepal, which spent 3.3% and 4.7% of their GDPs on education, respectively. Besides low allocation, the publication also pointed towards low development expenditures. Citing figures from 2012-13, it said development expenditure on education was around 50% of the allocation.