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Substantial spending for education urged

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Journalists have stressed the need for an increased budgetary allocation for education and renewed efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This was the consensus at an editors’ roundtable organised by Ilm-O-Agahi initiative of Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas on Monday, says a press release.

The speakers noted that according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013-14, the literacy rate is only 60 per cent, while the MDGs target to take it to 80 per cent by 2015.

“Pakistan is one of the countries that spend the least on education. All segments of society should join hands to highlight the issue and put pressure on the government as it is a matter of survival for our future generations,” the press release read.

A number of journalists, including newspaper editors and television news directors attended the meeting.

Earlier, a training workshop on education journalism was also organised. Over two dozen education reporters from various media houses attended the workshop.

Anchorperson Matiullah Jan said journalists covering education should focus more on field reporting. Reporting on education can drive readers’ interest only when it gives a complete picture, he stressed.

The ILM-o-AGAHI initiative aims to improve accountability and media coverage of education issues.

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