Pakistan is Among Bottom 5 Countries for Education & Skills Development

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Human Capital Report 2017 report, Pakistan clearly isn’t the best country for acquiring education and skills development.

In fact, it is ranked 125th out of a total of 130 countries according to the report.

The rankings were based on the country’s educational infrastructure and how well they perform when it comes to learning and skill development.

The Grading Schema

The grading schema for the countries comprised of four sub-indexes namely: capacity, deployment, development and know-how. Each country was scored out of 100 based on these categories.

The report consisted of a detailed analysis of the human capital of 130 countries. The human capital is the value contributed to the global economic system through knowledge and skills that people possess.

The report emphasized on the importance of building deep and diverse talent pools that would result in developing a country’s economy. It also recognized people’s knowledge, talents, creativity and skills.

In light of the research made following the above mentioned criteria, Pakistan clearly isn’t doing much to strengthen its human capital.

Reasons For Stagnant Human Capital Potential In Pakistan

According to the report, factors holding back human capital potential in Pakistan are:

  • low rates of enrollment
  • poor-quality primary schools
  • low skill diversity among the country’s university graduates when compared to other countries
  • Gender gap that that holds the country back from human capital being employed.

Sri Lanka, The Only South Asian Country To Rank In Top 100

Sri Lanka landing on the 70th position is the only South Asian country to have been ranked in the top 100 countries in the report. One benefit for Sri Lanka is perhaps its high enrollment rate in schools and better quality education.

Nepal stood on the 98th rank, while India and Bangladesh were ranked 103 and 111 respectively.

Pakistan, along with all other South Asian countries apart from Sri Lanka are yet to reach the 60% threshold of human capital development.

The list was led by Norway, which ranks as the best-performing country in the world when it comes to the training and education of its population.

Other countries to make it to the top 10 include Finland, Switzerland, the United States, Denmark, and Germany.


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    • MALAYSIAN Pakistani

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        • Kashif

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  • MALAYSIAN Pakistani

    Stupid Imran ruining everything.

  • Wajdan Wajhi

    Stupidity of Muslims League Noon and Sindh Govt , Even a big part of the whole nation is responsible for it too , who just want to earn money not the Ideas, We are salves to money.Our universities teaches us how to earn money how to be an employee,they are not teaching us how to make money or how to build your own business or even you can do it or not .

  • Abu Ali Muhammad Sharjeel

    Put education a side but Skill development???
    Are you kidding???
    Pakistanis have the best skills but due to bribe culture and people do the work just for “their future” and don’t care about anyone, they leave Pakistan.

  • Rao Rizwan

    Who cares for education and human development when we have motorway and metro.

    • continuedhere

      Motorway and metro are actually useful and good for economic development. It’s actually nukes and ak47s that gobble up the funds. But criticism of the military is not permitted so the situation does not change.

      • FuriousNinja

        Yep we’ll get out of our homes with knives and start patrolling the borders near Afghanistan and Iran. While we are at it, we also have to watch our peaceful neighbor India’s border. All these three countries love us very much.

        Hmm what else? Oh yes we also have to provide security for CPEC.

        Anything remaining? Yes we also have to fight sleeper cells and various peace threatening activities being carried out by our beloved RAW and CIA inside our very own provinces.

        Surely nothing remains now lol. Oh wait, we also have to provide relief to our brethren in times of natural disasters.

        Yeah cut the funding of defence. Who needs military when we can do all these things.

        God knows what else they are doing, these are just the things that come into light.

        It is easy being a keyboard warrior and criticizing everyone.

        • continuedhere

          The terrorists are of our own creation. We created them to fight india on our behalf. The fact that they’ve turned on us is our fault entirely.

          Nukes are actually a very good deterrent. There is no need for us to spend so much on the military because india will not invade us because we can retaliate with our nukes.

          Fact of the matter is the two largest items in our government budget are debt servicing and defence. We spend the least on education and health in the entire region. We must stop spending so much on defence and start spending more on human welfare or we will end up losing to india anyway because at the end of the day economic growth is what matters. You can’t grow the economy if your people are unskilled and unproductive.

  • continuedhere

    Main reason is actually low spending on education and health compared to other countries in the region. Instead the money goes towards defence and debt servicing. While there is little that can be done about the latter (we’ve already taken the loans so we have to service that debt) we can definitely cut defence spending.