Education in Balochistan

Sir: Though Balochistan is the richest province of Pakistan, since it contains mineral resources in the shape of marble, coal, oil, gold copper, natural gas and a 750 kilometre coastal region, still the province is deprived and suffering from all types of social, economical and political crises. The incidence of poverty here is higher than anywhere else in Pakistan, despite its mineral wealth. Over 50 percent of the population subsists below the poverty line. However, today education is emerging as the most essential issue in the province. There is no doubt that the education system in Balochistan is more backward than the other provinces of Pakistan. According to a report, more than half of the residents of the province are deprived of education, because the province has the lowest number of educational institutions in Pakistan. Of the total education institutions in the country, 48 percent are in Punjab, 22 percent in Sindh, 17 percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and only five percent in Balochistan. And even out of these five percent there is not a single institution where students are getting proper and quality education. Moreover, the state of education in our province has remained the same for the last 20 or 30 years. Our education standards are not comparable to that of any other province in Pakistan. I would like say that the province of Balochistan needs educational academies, not military garrisons; it needs educationists, not military operations, and it needs education, not war. I would be very thankful if the government of Pakistan takes notice of this deteriorating situation of education in Balochistan.



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