They are paying a fair amount of attention to education nowadays. Considering that just 7 years ago our Higher education budget was 600 million and now it is 28 billion. More can be and should be done, but this is one sector that is the progressing quite good.I was reading an article on a speech recently given by Chairman HEC (Higher Education Commission) Dr. Ata-ur-Rehman, in which he stated that the ratio of spending on primary education as compared to higher education is 2:1 around the world, but in Pakistan the ratio is 7:1. Out of Rs. 210 billion budget for education, only 28 Billion is set aside for the HEC, whichis testament to the above mentioned fact.
So the Government is definately doing its job by allocating more funds for Primary Education. The HEC definately should be given more funding. The federal allocation for education is only 2.4% of the GDP! When will our rulers understand that empowering the peole through education will bear more fruit then spending the national wealth on other less important things.
Unfortunately, what is happening today should have happened decades ago. But there is no use crying over spilled milk. Actually, being very closely related to this sector, I am happy at the progress rate. Pump in too much money overnight, and you will have suboptimal utilization and corruption. You can't recover from past mistakes overnight..you just have to learn your lessons and work for the future.
I am quite sure we will reach the universal spending rate of 4% of GDP very soon but educating a nation and improving quality of education is a long term process- one that requires decades. I am sure the 8 new foreign collaborated universities would go a long way in improving our standards.