Recently, the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences presented a report saying that Pakistan has the second-highest number of out-of-school children in the world, after Nigeria. Pakistan spends the lowest percentage of its GDP on education in the South Asian region. 

Reportedly, the number of out-of-school children in Pakistan is 25 million. In Balochistan, 66% of children are out of school. 51% in Sindh, 47% in Punjab, and 34% percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The question arises, where do all these children go? 

Majority of these children belong to working-class families who cannot afford to pay private tuition fee. The government schools are in poor condition; teachers are absent, the construction is below par, there is a lack of textbooks and libraries, there is a shortage of electricity, drinking water, and chairs. Absence of rules and regulations demotivates the children, and the existence of ghost-teachers does not help the situation. 

On the other hand, the corrupt leaders show no empathy towards this cause. While they enjoy their lavish lifestyles, the future of our country, the children, are left to suffer. 

It is my request to the Chief Minister of Pakistan to solve this problem which is damaging the future of our country. The government needs to increase its spending on education and create a system where education is affordable for everyone. 

MUNAJ GUL BALOCH,  

Turbat, August 25.