LAHORE - Educationists at a seminar has demanded the government to make legislation in the Parliament and increase education funds in the national budget 2009-10 in order to improve educational standard in the country. The seminar on 'National Education Policy: Review and Reflections, was organised by the Punjab University Faculty of Education at the Institute of Education & Research (IER) here at New Campus Monday. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest while Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal presided over the seminar. Director Institute of Education & Research (IER) Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhtar, Mrs Rana Hussain of Agha Khan University-IED, Karachi, Dr Shahid Siddiqi of Lahore School of Economics and Javed Hassan Aly, Education Expert and Former Team Leader for Education Policy 2009, faculty members and a large number of students were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mujahid Kamran emphasised that the standard of higher education must be improved to enhance education standards at graduation, intermediate and lower levels because the faculty members of higher educational institutions and universities affect education and curriculum of colleges and schools directly or indirectly. He conceded to the educationists demand that legislations should be made by the Parliament instead of announcing new education policies and educationists must be included in this process. He also demanded that the government should increase allocation in GDP by atleast 4 p.c. He said the education standard could not be improved unless the teachers community is involved in the policymaking and implementation process. He said during last few years, HEC sent scholars in foreign countries for doing doctorate (PhDs) which was very positive step, adding that special attention should be given towards the continuation of this policy. Earlier in his welcome address, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal said funds allocation was the biggest problem as only 1.25 per cent of the GDP was allocated for the education last year. Mrs Rana Hussain of Agha Khan University-IED, Karachi talking about teacher education said we could not prepare good teachers without teachers training institutions. She said education standard could not be improved merely by enhancing teachers salaries. Dr Shahid Siddiqui of Lahore School of Economics said due to multiple education systems, the standard of education was not of that quality which it should be. Quoting a research, he said only 50 per cent the total allocated budget of the education was spent on education during the last five years. He said there is dire need to utilise the allocated budget in true meanings to improve standard of education in the country. Javed Hassan Aly, an education expert, said the policy development procedure must be transparent. He said this thing could not be denied that we have very little resources but on the other hand the importance of education could also not be ignored. He said if we really want to improve education system, we have to allocate 25 per cent of the GDP for education. Institute of Education & Research (IER) Director Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhtar also spoke on the occasion.