ISLAMABAD: Federal Education and Professional Training Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that the government will expand and promote quality education in the country with a missionary zeal.
“We have taken it as a our mission to bring maximum number of drop-out children in the educational net, while making the education meaningful and beneficial for the society’s overall development”, he said while addressing the concluding session of the 2nd annual National Graduate conference held at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).
The minister, while highlighting the challenges faced by the newly elected government, commended the AIOU for taking care of marginalized sections of the society and promoting meaningful research under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui.
About educational challenges ahead, the minister said they had to serve the less-privileged sections of the people, bringing education to their door-steps, including through non-formal education.
Mahmood said they would have to raise standard of education in the government schools and deal with the issue of 22.5 million children out of school. Present 58 percent rate of education is alarming and the present government will try to make a considerable progress to this effect, he added.—NNI