Education has always been on the most diminutive tread in our program, agenda for national development. We, currently, are spending only approximately 1.8 percent of our GDP on education. This terribly low allocation is beyond doubt regrettable and unfortunate. No nation has ever been able to achieve noteworthy progress or significant development without giving education the priority that it conclusively merits. Insensitivity on the part of successive governments and their failure to appreciate the value of education in a nation’s progress and prosperity compels one to think if they at all knew what education was all about.
Nations which realized the significance or importance of education, and made sustained investment in this very important sector, are today reaping the benefits of phenomenal development, growth and prosperity. They are not only autonomous, self-sufficient but are also sharing the benefits of their success with countries which are lagging behind in all spheres because of lack of education. Our inadequate spending on education should be urgently raised to as a minimum 4-5 percent of the GDP. Would the government in power and the government in waiting give, bestow any serious thought to this vital issue for the sake of this nation? Government must take a concrete action in this regard.