In a Tedx talk I gave last year, I argued that Pakistan should not be called the Islamic Republic but rather the One Per Cent Republic. Opportunities, power, and wealth here are limited to the top 1% of the people. The rest are not provided opportunities to succeed.
Pakistan’s economy thus only relies on whatever a small elite can achieve. It remains underdeveloped as it ignores the talent of most in the country.
Suppose we had decided to select our cricket team only from players born in the second week of November. That would always have produced a weak team as it would only be selecting from 2% of the population. Our teams would not have benefited from the talents of many of the greats we have had over the years. This is the same unfair and irrational way we choose our top people. And just as our team would have kept losing, so we as a nation keep losing.
This year over four million Pakistani kids will turn 18. Of these, less than 25% will graduate from the intermediate stream and about 30,000 will graduate from the O- and A-level stream. Over three million kids, or 75%, will not have finished 12 years of schooling….