"There is not a single ghost school in Punjab."
Sharif has a ‘heads will roll’ approach.
“It’s the bad teachers versus the government.”
While Imran Khan has been staging dharnas in Islamabad and elsewhere, his education team has been hard at work in KP.
At its height, the US spending averaged the equivalent of about two per cent of Pakistan’s education budget per year.
The education department acts more like an employment agency than a service delivery department,” says a former education secretary for Sindh
“If there are proper schools, I will send my kids there,” says a parent in Pehlwan, “But I won’t send them to schools like these [government schools].”
The truth is that most provinces have more than doubled their budgets since 2010. Provinces in Pakistan allocated between 20 and 27pc of their budgets on education in 2015-16.
Explanations for the slow progress of programmes read like a tragedy in bureaucratic inefficiency, on all sides.
Of a $7.5 billion aid package, only $4.7 billion was spent in Pakistan during its five-year lifetime.