We already sort of knew that Pakistan isn’t the best country for education and skills development, but nobody had an absolute idea of where the country actually ranks in terms of the aforementioned properties. A Global report has given a number to our curiosity.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Human Capital Report 2017, Pakistan stands at an unbelievably awkward 125th position out of 130 countries — that is fifth from the worst in terms of education and skills development.
The list ranks countries on the basis of their performance level in terms of education, skills development, and the duo’s general infrastructure. Every country is scored on a scale of 0-100 in three major sub-indexes, including development, capacity, deployment, and general know-how.
A detailed assessment of human capital of the 130 countries is published in the report. As to what human capital is, it is dubbed as the skills and knowledge people have that enable them to create value for themselves in the world’s economic system. Knowledge, talent, creativity, and of course, skills are recognized in the report, which showcases the growth and a diverse pool of talent that would help uplift their respective economies. However, Pakistan is not in that race.
As per the report, human capital in Pakistan is being held back by the poor quality of primary schools and the low rates of student enrollment. However, education performance is a bit better, with skill diversity extremely low. One of the major reasons Pakistan is suffering at the index is because of the increased gender gap that needs to be worked on for better human capital employment opportunities.
Religion plays a huge factor, where girls from most rural areas, are not allowed to study or develop their skills. Pakistan’s position at the Global index will not better until more opportunities are provided with more vocational and skill development (technical and non-technical institutes) programs.
The report was led by Norway, ranking as the best-performing country in the world in terms of education and training of its population. Other countries in the top 10 include Finland, Switzerland, the United States, Denmark, and Germany.