RAWALPINDI Lack of education is a problem that needs to be solved as only it can lead to a brighter future of Pakistan. These views were expressed by former Student Council In Charge Prof Zeb Mehmood as chief guest while addressing the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected office bearers of Student Council of Government Post Graduate College for Women (GPGCW) 6th Road here on Tuesday. Federal as well as provincial governments should spend much more money in education sector to improve the literacy rate in the country. The ceremony was held at colleges Fatima Hall, and was attended by Director Colleges Dr Muhammad Ashraf, Principal Ms Riffat Naheed, college faculty and a good numbers of students and their parents. While addressing the participants, Ms Zeb said that providing education to its citizens was clearly not a priority for the government. Policy makers do not seem to realise the immense importance of investing in the people of the country, and not only in roads and other projects. Illiteracy is a great barrier to economic development as inadequate infrastructure she added. Pakistan is lagging behind many other countries of the region. Japan is a country where literary rate is 100 percent as there, government spends 7 percent of its revenue on education. The government should tread on the footsteps of Japan to bring a change in the country, she suggested. She said that the main cause of illiteracy is poverty. People living in slums and villages cannot send their children to school while they starve for a morsel. Lack of awareness of the significance of education makes many people disinterested in any such comparing. Director Colleges Dr Muhammad Ashraf, while speaking, said that Punjab government was making all out efforts for the provision of quality education to the masses by allocating billions of rupees for this purpose. He informed that audience that provincial government had awarded cash prizes worth of Rs 14, 80, 000 to the winners of essay writing and speeches while Rs 18 billion has also been allocated under a significant program Punjab Educational Endorsement Fund to support the intelligent students. The newly oath taking members of students council were felicitated by Dr Muhammad Ashraf. Earlier, the chief guest Prof Ms Zeb Mehmood administered oath to the new council members while the Principal Ms Riffat Naheed pinned the badges to the office bearers of student council.