Importance of Education in Pakistan

In this rapidly advancing era, the importance of education cannot be denied. It is crucial for progress and prosperity of any nation. With literacy rate as low as 51.6 percent, (63.7 for males and 39.2 percent for females), 53 million of world’s illiterates are found in Pakistan. Islamabad ranks second with the highest number of out-of-school children.Economic GrowthIt has been proved by development experts that basic education is essential for financial and societal progress. Every year of school increases individual’s wages by 10 per cent globally. As many as 164 multinational companies working in Pakistan with an investment of 55.779 billion rupees are dependent on qualified people. Local industries also require educated people to proceed. A skilled and educated person has an immense potential to work efficiently.DisciplineNeedless to say that educated societies are disciplined and there is less violation of rules and regulations. People work in harmony with one another. Authorities are respected and people tend to fulfill their responsibilities.ToleranceSurprisingly, education inculcates tolerance. It is highly essential to fight against religious fanaticism. It is generally observed that intolerant societies are largely uneducated. There are more anti-social activities as well.Solution for Domestic ProblemsRegrettably, Pakistan is a country with high rate of domestic violence and family problems. The victims of these issues are either completely illiterate or not educated enough. So, they remain unable to eradicate such abominable practices.Each year, a large number of women are beaten, tortured or burnt by their husbands or families. Victims have fewer places to escape to. Violence against women is not considered a major offense in the country.Education gives empowerment, especially to women and they develop sense of their rights and responsibilities.Communication SkillsIt is a fact that education helps a great deal in improving communication. It plays an important role to uplift a nation. Consequently, social cohesion and mutual understanding is also achieved.IdentityToday, people are recognized and appreciated by their qualification and profession. For instance, doctors and professors are held in high esteem in the society. The only thing Pakistan has to offer to the world is human resource. Therefore, it needs to focus on its education sector.Quality of lifeAbove all, education improves quality of life. It reduces poverty, develops sense of right and wrong and adds meaning to life. It helps modernize and update with the changing times.Important factsIn Pakistan, every field requires educated individuals, especially the institutes of higher education, hospitals and health centers that are in awful condition owing to a dearth of loyal staff and administration. According to higher education commission of Pakistan, there are 124 universities in Pakistan of which 68 are public and 56 are private universities. Obviously, these cannot be controlled by laymen, avaricious mill owners, illiterate feudal, corrupt politicians, aimless fanatics or extremists that are abound in the country.ConclusionTo combat with religious radicalism, social disparity, political turmoil and innumerable internal problems; Pakistan urgently needs to improve and modernize its education system. It has to bring positive changes in its academic policy to rank among the fast growing nations in the world.