ISLAMABAD - The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), in its policy letter to the President of Pakistan, demanded that five percent of the total budget should be allocated for education in the forthcoming budget. According the details, the CPDI believes that accessing education, as constitutional right, was due recognition of importance of education for which the present coalition Government can truly be credited. However, the allocation was a crucial aspect for improving the state of education in the country. Flaying lack of political will of successive governments, the letter urges the President, You as a head of the state should advice the Government to fulfil its pledges regarding increment in the allocation for education to 5 percent of the total GDP in year 2010. The letter contains a set of policy proposals and says, On behalf of the civil society and citizens of Pakistan, we sincerely believe and hope that your timely intervention can stop further decline of countrys education sector. We request you to give serious consideration to these proposals and advice the Government for concrete policy measures for improving access to quality education by all children in Pakistan. The letter raises concerns over lack of transparency and culture of secrecy about making, planning, and reviewing the education budget that seriously deprives citizens of their constitutional rights. It demands effective role of the Parliament. It underlines efficient utilisation of education funds highlighting the system inefficiencies that made full utilisation of funds. The letter demands at least 15 percent allocation for non-salary expenses, as over 95 percent budget was allocated for salary related expenses, which deprived schools of basic needs water, electricity, and gas. Similarly, it sought steps to make functional the estimated 30,000 ghost schools in Pakistan. It further suggests that the need-based school budgeting at grassroots level should be done. It further seeks access to quality education for all while raising concerns over the prevalent culture of building educational projects such as cadet colleges neglecting the fundamental right of 'education for all.