By Bahram Sayad, Turbat
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 km long coastal build but still the province is deprived of supports from all types of social, economic and political crisis.
The incidence of poverty is higher than anywhere else in Pakistan, even though it is rich in mineral wealth. Over 50 per cent of the population subsists below the poverty line. However, today education is emerged as the most essential issue of the province.
No doubt, educational system in Balochistan is more backward than other province of Pakistan. According to a report published in Dawn, that more than half of the residents of the province are deprived of education, because the province also has the lowest numbers of educational institutions. In total number of institutions in the country, 48 per cent are in Punjab, 22 in Sindh, 17 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and only five percent are in Balochistan, even though out of these five per cent of institutions 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 single province in Pakistan. I would like to put ice to the deep wounds that the province Balochistan needs educational academies, not military garrisons, it needs educationists, not military operations, and it needs education, not war.
There poor condition of education sector in Balochistan needs attention of the ministry of education and the government of Pakistan to take notice of this deteriorating situation of education in Balochistan.
Published in The Balochistan Point on May 21, 2014