PR No. 29 Islamabad: 5th July 2018

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Muhammad Yusuf Shaikh has said that the government is committed to build up a highly accessible and equitable education system in the country. Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Muhammad Yusuf Shaikh was addressing as chief guest the launching ceremony of “Pakistan Education Statistics 2016-17” at Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) Auditorium on Thursday. He said that education is an important pillar for a competitive economy. While a competitive economy needs many more elements such as a whole set of microeconomic, macro-economic and structural polices to drive competitiveness, innovation and productivity, education is a key component. He said that government and in particular Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training is committed to provide compulsory education to every child .Strong steps are also being taken to provide quality education to all students, he said. In order to achieve these goals, we need an up to date, and a comprehensive mechanism of compiling and consolidating educational statistics. The Pakistan Education Statistics 2016-17 is providing such an avenue for educational planners, decision makers and researchers. The time series data provided in the report would play a vital role in determining the progress in education sector with in the country over the period of time, the Federal Minister said. He said that this is very authentic report and researchers can also benefit from it. The Federal Minister appreciated AEPAM and National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) for preparing this report. Earlier, Director General AEPAM, Dr. Dawood Shah presented salient features of Pakistan Education Statistics 2016-17. *****