The education system and quality in Pakistan is as poor as its statistics which reveal that around 22.6 million children are not going to school at all. They have no access to education either because of their poverty or poor educational policies of the government. There is a severe need to enforce an emergency in education to speed up the process as well as to take care of loose ends. The thoughts were expressed in an international conference on Inclusive Education organized by University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore on 31st of October.
It was a second international conference of this type in Pakistan with a theme “Accommodating Diversity: Creating Educational Environment.” The main object of this conference was to emphasize on inclusive education and strengthen its roots in Pakistan.
UMT chairman Dr. Hassan Sohaib Murad said that there is a severe need to groom the students and monitoring them. It is the responsibility of the state to provide access to every member of the society without any discrimination on any base.
Dr Rebecca Kanak Fox, a professor of education from George Mason University, USA, discussed the inclusive education in detail and said that the government, community and universities should come together to work on the same ground.
Punjab Minister for special education also addressed the conference. Around 400 scholars from Pakistan and abroad attended the conference and shared their views on the agenda.