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Crisis of public trust

Effective governance is a key factor for establishing public trust for any political democratic dispensation and governments ensure it through effective delivery systems. In Pakistan, we have witnessed erosion of…

Defunding of public higher education

When one is looking for higher-ed statistics in Pakistan, they must be pieced together from multiple sources and cross-checked to ensure they make sense. However, occasionally, you come across longitudinal…

Defunding of public higher education

When one is looking for higher-ed statistics in Pakistan, they must be pieced together from multiple sources and cross-checked to ensure they make sense. However, occasionally, you come across longitudinal…

No more federal funds for varsities in provinces

In a major policy decision, the federal government has decided not to fund universities, whose charters were approved by the provinces, in the upcoming fiscal year 2024-25. Currently, the federal…

What ails public-sector education?

I asked 12 year-old Sultan (pseudonym) to read from his Urdu textbook. He struggled to read a simple sentence (“more sher ki tarha jungle kaa badshah hai”). While he eventually…

Flood funds and telethons

The 2022 monsoon season “on steroids” left in its wake widespread destruction, submerging one third of the country under water, with over half of Pakistan’s districts declared as “calamity hit”.…

Public debt distress

The unprecedented fiscal firepower used to protect the vulnerable from the harsh socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic contraction have pushed the average government debt level…