News and Views

98% candidates failing this year’s Central Superior Services (CSS) examinations prompted several questions: does this mean the falling standard of education or the examinations being so rigorous that it selects the very best for civil service? CDPR fellow, Dr. Anjum Altaf writes on the need for civil sector reforms in Pakistan in his latest article in Dawn. View article here.
Pakistan is Rs12.7 trillion in debt, an Rs3 trillion increase from 2013. Should we be worried? Yes, writes CDPR Chairman Ijaz Nabi for Herald, but not because of the debt itself. It should only become a cause for concern if the bad consequences of debt are shifted to the private sector and future generations. View article here.
Children bring diversity into classrooms and schools, in terms of abilities and the different backgrounds that they come from. CDPR fellow, Dr. Faisal Bari, says teachers should ensure that all children in their class learn to level the playing field for all. View article here.
Although there have been major reforms in education, 10 to 15 percent of early age children are still out of school. CDPR fellow, Dr. Faisal Bari, argues that to solve this problem, we need to further investigate how much value students are getting out of education. Weak learning outcomes and high drop-out rates indicate that value is low; discouraging parents that there is little use in sending their children to school. View article here.
CDPR affiliate, Umair Javed, sees CPEC as an economic game changer. He believes that the corridor is capable of stirring political tensions between the federal government and the provinces. Umair further writes that the beneficiaries of CPEC are sure to benefit from the inflow of Chinese money in the economy. View article here.
CDPR Affiliate, Nazish Afraz , highlights fostering innovation as the biggest challenge in order to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9, that primarily focuses on industry. Moreover, the author stresses on stimulating innovation and its significance also because it is a key driver of high value jobs and growth. View article here.
CDPR Affiliates, Saad Gulzar and Yasir Khan, along with Dr. Michael Callen and Dr. Ali Hasanain, study that nearly 70 percent of public sector doctors in Punjab, Pakistan are absent during normal work hours. Political interference has prevented reforms from working in the past, but this research shows that using smartphones to monitor doctors can increase attendance. View article here.
CDPR fellow, Dr. Faisal Bari, writes about the plight of the youth of Pakistan as it experiences unequal access to education - a primary tool for upward mobility. He argues how this inequality in access and quality of education segregates the future of the affluent from the non-affluent. Dr. Bari then raises a pertinent question as to how can the country produce equal citizens of a nation. View article here.
CDPR Communications Assistant, Shehryar Nabi, explains how the research supported by the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) motivated polio workers and monitored them through the use of smartphones, resulting in increased polio vaccinations. View article here.
Globalization has helped Asian countries eliminate poverty by introducing skilled jobs in urban centres. However, the UK and US have seen a deterioration in the quality of jobs in their industrial belts. The ensuing frustration is evident from the voting patterns of these countries. CDPR Chairman and Country Director International Growth Centre, Dr. Ijaz Nabi explains what the West should learn from Asia in The Brookings Institution blog. View article here.