Let go of individual attitudes for leading Pakistan in the coming years, students told


Senior Sindh Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul Haq urged upon young students to play their due role in improving the society, and to let go of their individual attitudes and actions because they would be leading the country in the coming years.
Haq was addressing the students at the All Karachi ICMAP Bilingual Declamation Contest 2011, which was organised by the Corporate Relations Department of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) at its city campus.
The minister said that corruption is like cancer and spreads rapidly through the society. “For ending this disease, we should play our due roles. However, before we do that, we should be accountable for our own actions and attitudes,” he added.
He said, “To root out corruption, we need to upgrade our education standard along modern lines; and every individual can play an important role in changing anything, starting with our own attitudes.”
“Students are the future builders of the country. For promoting such healthy activities like debates and speech contests, the government would provide all possible support to the organisers,” he added.
He also said that through the Endowment Fund, the government provided 700 scholarships to 16 educational institutions for higher education and recruited 14,000 teachers on merit without any political consideration.
“For the first time in the history of the country, we were able to keep politics away from the education sector. President Asif Ali Zardari and the coalition partners of the ruling party were responsible for achieving this task successfully,” he added.
The minister said that Benazir Bhutto had started a loan facility of up to Rs 200,000 for youngsters. “We will also encourage the policy if the ICMAP presents a working paper for the benefits and the betterment of the students as regards loan and other required facilities,” he added.
He announced that he would approach the Federal Board of Revenue chairman for exemption of General Sales Tax on software and other technology equipment so that students could receive better facilities.