ISLAMABAD - State Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar Tuesday said government would facilitate the Public Private Partnership (PPP) for higher education because it was compulsory for achieving macroeconomic stability of the country. She stated this while addressing National Conference on PPP for Higher Education organised by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC). Hina said that the education sector was badly neglected in the past and only 4 to 5 per cent people of the country had access to higher education. While stressing the need for improvement in the sector, she said that economic prosperity of the country was attached with education. The purpose of Higher Education Commission Financial Aid Development Programme is to provide technical assistance in both financial aid and fund-raising. The programme is working with the HEC and the 11 universities are involved in its phase 1. Sindhs Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said that no linkage between the higher and lower education institutions was the biggest problem of the countrys education system and urged the need of taking up the issue on highest forum to boost the education sector. He said the education at primary level was totally ignored and left to the mercy of illiterate district nazims. The standard of education could be improved through Public Private Partnership, he added. The literacy rate in Balochistan and Sindh is very low and in this regard government of Sindh has started providing fund for the poor students thorough special fund, Minister stated. While giving brief detail on HEC-FAD Programme 2008-11, Dr John W Shumaker, Chief of Party HEC-FAD programme said 11 public and private universities were involved in phase 1 of the USAID merit and needs based scholarship programme to enhance their capacity in both areas. Talking about the objective of PPP, he said it would improve communication strategies, public services and accountability and assessment of the universities. This would also establish productive links between HEC and universities and would also provide support for international study tours up to 75 relevant financial aid and development staff, he added. Speaking on the occasion Sartaj Aziz, former finance minister, said that the education system of the country needed revolutionary changes direly. The research system had been totally ignored in the system, he added.