Pakistan’s education system

Updated 11 November 2012
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Pakistan’s education system

According to media reports, Pakistan’s federal government has announced that the families of more than 3 million poor children in Pakistan will receive cash stipends if their children go to school as a tribute to a schoolgirl shot by the Taleban. The announcement was made to mark “Malala Day” which was celebrated around the world. Pakistan is celebrating “Malala Day” with the hope that government will provide equal education opportunities for everyone.

The government has also launched a four-year literacy program under which more than three million children of poor families especially girls will get free education in Pakistan. Unfortunately, despite declining graph of education system in the country, the government is just taking cosmetics steps to fool people. The real state of education is far from ideal in Pakistan. Recent statistics show grim picture of education sector in Pakistan.

According to UNESCO some 7 million children in Pakistan are out of primary schools in which 60 percent are girls. Only 20 percent of girls have completed primary level schooling in rural areas of Pakistan. Literacy rate of girls in northern Pakistan is only 6 percent. Despite all of these challenges Pakistan spends less of its national budget on education than other small South Asian countries like Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan.

As a matter of fact several Western and the UN-funded schools are just alive on papers and have no physical presence. Ghost schools and ghost teachers are true reality of Pakistan’s education sector. — Khawaja Umer Farooq


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia