MIRPUR (AJK)
Speakers at a special meeting held here to mark World Literacy Day expressed grave concern over the alarming decline in the quality of education in the public-sector educational institutions in the country including AJK following the increased trade-union and unproductive activities of the academic staff.
Like rest of the world Universal Literacy Day was observed throughout Azad Jammu Kashmir on Sunday with the renewal of pledge to work for encouraging getting education aimed at raising literacy rate to one hundred percent with the motive to bringing Pakistan in the ranks of the developed nations to meet the challenges of 21st century.
The objective of the world literacy day was raise awareness among the people about importance of education.
Various private and public sector educational organization and the NGOs various special meetings, seminars and symposiums and walks at different places in AJK schools and colleges to highlight significance of the global literacy day by following the government's special emphasis on focusing fullest attention to increase the rate of literacy through provision of quality education in both the private and public sector educational institutions  in the area harmonious to the need of the modern age.
According to a rough estimate, the rate of literacy in Azad Jammu Kashmir is over 65 percent and at primary school level it is over 95 percent - as reported by the state education department.
In Mirpur, a special ceremony to mark the day was held under the auspices of NGO Jinnah Foundation.
Addressing the ceremony, speakers including the chair - Dr Amin Chaudhry, Dr Khalid Yousaf Mughal, IT Education specialist Shakeel Anjum, Raja Azher Iqbal, Altaf Hamid Rao, Dr Ayub Qureshi and others highlighted the importance of swift raising of the rate of literacy in the country.
Speakers expressed concern over the reported decline in the quality of education in the public-sector educational institutions in the country including AJK following the increased trade-union and unproductive activities of the academic staff.
TOBA TEK SINGH: International Literacy Day has been celebrated here across the district to raise awareness among the public about the significance of education and take special measures to raise literacy.
Speaking on the occasion, District Monitoring Officer (DMO) Sardar Asif Ali Dogar said that a walk would be held on Monday (today) to highlight the importance of education, adding that officials concerned would take part in full day enrolment drive which would ensue the walk.
He said that walk would start from Government Model High School and culminate at Shahbaz Sharif Chowk. DCO Dr Farah Masood will lead the walk.