Pakistan vows 85 pc literacy rate by 2015
PAKISTAN: Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said here
Tuesday that the government is committed to achieving the goal of 85
percent literacy rate by 2015, the local NNI news agency reported.
Addressing a seminar marking the International Literacy Day, he said
education is the top priority of the government, which has declared 2010
as year of literacy.
He said education plays an important role in overall socio- economic
development of the country. The government has allocated over 31 billion
rupees in the budget this year for the education sector. The government
will raise the education budget to four percent of GDP.
The prime minister said special emphasis is being laid on women
education so that they could play constructive role in overall economic
development of the country.
He said a special meeting of the four Provincial Chief Ministers will
be held in Islamabad on Wednesday to finalize the draft of new education
The Prime Minister said that the government would not allow a handful
of miscreants to put at stake the future of the coming generation.
He said the maximum resources would be diverted to rebuild schools
and colleges damaged by terrorists in Malakand division. ISLAMABAD,