ILLITERACY AND ITíS CONSEQUENCES
By Samiul Haq Kosht Soragh
In the present modern world education has assumed an important
place as a component of economic, social, cultural and moral
development of a nation. It is not only builds on human capability
but also contributes towards the socio-economic development of the
country. This is why all the developed nations of the world given
top most priority to education and spent at least six percent of
there GNP on education sector. Consequently these countries have
achieved more than 95 percent literacy rate. But in our country
unfortunately since its independence in 1947 Pakistan has lagged
far behind in this sector. As we know that illiteracy is the mother
of all ills we are facing today. Illiteracy is the most serious
problem Pakistan is faced with at present. Due to the ignorance
among people other ills and social evils are surging in Pakistan
more rapidly. Every country becomes prosperous owing to the
qualitative part of population rather than quantitative. Population
explosion is a direct cause of illiteracy in our country. Because
of population explosion poverty is also rising. Unemployment and
low rate of per capita income is really depleting our country.
Corruption is increasing in our country just because of illiteracy.
Most of our population is consist of ignorant people who indulge in
useless pursuits and wanted to become rich overnight and adopt
unfair means for accumulating wealth. These people create unrest in
the country. Political chaos and unrest undermine the prosperity of
Well-nigh 70 percent of our population is residing in rural areas
of the country. These people are absolutely unaware of fundamental
principles of basic health care due to illiteracy. They do not care
about polluted environment. They throw their household garbage in
there lanes and streets. Malaria and T.B rapidly spreads owing to
the filthy and stinky environs.
In the pretext of the above mentioned facts we can easily derive
that illiteracy is the main problem due to which we are far behind
in every spheres of life as compared to other developed nations.
Here a question arises that how can we get rid of illiteracy?
Our Govt should keep the education at top priority for the
prosperity of our country. To prevent illiteracy we have to
eliminate ignorance from our society. It needs a movement by every
Pakistani in large scale. First of all we have to inform people
about the importance of literacy and aftermath which will certainly
make prosper not only the concerned individuals but also the whole
country. Electronic and print media can be used for this movement.
Allocation of education budget should be increased hundred times
more than present budget to achieve the set ideals. A sound
planning is need for the increase in literacy rate.
Uniform education system is the call of the day. In the whole
country uniform syllabus should be introduced in all educational
The concept of education for all is indispensable for the sake of
prosperity in Pakistan. The poor and rich should not be
differentiated for getting education. They must have equal chances
to get better education.