Educational Quality and Labour Market Performance in Developing Countries: Some Evidence from Pakistan

Ather H. Akbari, Naeem Muhammed


vSeveral studies have shown that investment in the quality of
education has a higher payoff than investment in quantity alone.1
However, in many developing countries, investment in improving
educational quality is still accorded a lower priority than investment
in educational quantity. Countries which commit more resources towards
education are generally observed to expand their enrolment ratios while
paying little attention on improving such schooling inputs as
student-teacher ratio that contribute towards improvement of educational
quality (Table 1).2 There is also a tendency to allocate minimal
resources towards upgrading existing schools by improving quality of
teaching, facilities, and curricula. Greater emphasis is placed on rapid
expansion of the number of educational institutions to reach out a large
proportion of population.

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