SWABI - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA, Asad Umer, has said that there is need of strong determination and restless efforts to enrol 25 million out of school children in the country.
Addressing the Optics Convention here at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology on Sunday, Umer expressed sorrow over the fate and dark future of out of school children. The entire society should play its role in educating these children because they belong to Pakistan and future of the country depends upon them, he said.
"Every fourth out of school child across the world belongs to Pakistan," he remarked. However, he did not elaborate how many children were out of schools in each province, tribal belt and Islamabad. Similarly, he also did not explain how many children were out of school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where PTI has a coalition government and recently launched an enrolment drive.
He called for introducing reforms in education sector and strongly opposed systems within the education system, citing the example of different kinds of schools for the children of elite class, and middle and poor section of the society. "This should be changed if we really want development and prosperity," he added. "We should provide an opportunity to the deprived children to get education."
"The GIK Institute is run by academia and here the students receive quality education but there are universities where the education standard is nominal," he said.
In question answer session, he said all those who work aboard would be back home one day. "About $14 billion remittance we get from the overseas employees each year. If you (Pakistani) are in Pakistan or abroad you are not only a Pakistani but a true asset of the country," he said.
"No one can deny that there are different communities and groups in Pakistan," he said.