Phi Beta Cons

Views on Bhutto’s Education Legacy Diverge

…to say the least.

Husain Haqqani, a professor at Boston University, writes that during Benazir Bhutto’s second term as prime minister spending on education greatly increased

and 46,000 new schools were built.

Thousands of teachers were recruited with the understanding that a secular education, covering multiple study areas (particularly technical and scientific education), would improve the lives of Pakistanis and create job opportunities critical to self-empowerment. (The Wall Street Journal)

Ralph Peters vehemently disagrees:

Educated in expensive Western schools, she permitted Pakistan’s feeble education system to rot – opening the door to Islamists and their religious schools.

During her years as prime minister, Pakistan went backward, not forward … The Islamist threat – which she artfully played both ways – spread like cancer. (New York Post)

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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