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I have never gone to school, says President Mamnoon

Updated Dec 22, 2016 02:45pm

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President Mamnoon Hussain inspects a guard of honour at Cadet College Hassanabdal on Wednesday.
President Mamnoon Hussain inspects a guard of honour at Cadet College Hassanabdal on Wednesday.

TAXILA: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said he has never attended school and has missed out on the joys of school.

The president was speaking at a parents’ day function at the Cadet College Hassanabdal where he urged students to follow in the footsteps of the Quaid-i-Azam in order to better meet the challenges that the country is facing.

When asked about the president’s comment regarding his own education, alumni relations officer at the cadet college Syed Mohammad Ali said the president was home schooled due to various reasons.

In his address, the president said that the future of the country will be safe in the hands of the younger generation, which is stable academically and physically.

He urged students to pursue higher education for the growth and development of Pakistan and not be influenced by internal and external propaganda.

He said the nation has many expectations from the younger generation and said he was confident they were being given ideal training in the cadet college.

He added that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be a game changer for the whole region and said students should be prepared to benefit from the opportunities that will emerge from it.

The president said the nation was indebted to the victims of the attack on Army Public School Peshawar and paid tribute to their bravery and courage and said the nation should resolve to never let a similar situation arise in the future.

The president also visited an exhibition at the college and appreciated the models displayed by various hobby clubs of the institute.

He also reviewed the annual parade in the college grounds, which was followed by a PT show, gymnastics show and a riding display.

The Champions Trophy was given to the Jinnah Wing for best performance in academic and co-curricular activities.

The college principal, retired Maj Gen Najeeb Tariq mentioned the various activities that were part of the college training programme and also mentioned the results produced by cadets.

Published in Dawn, December 22nd, 2016

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Wajih Dec 22, 2016 09:36am

No laughs guys. At least he is honest!

Khuram Nisar Dec 22, 2016 09:41am

PMLN elected Chancellor of Federal Universities who never been to school.

Umar Farooq Dec 22, 2016 09:40am

He did his school privately and he is a IBA Karachi Graduate ..............

VGP Dec 22, 2016 09:44am

Wow a countries President has never been to school, must be a record of sorts. Shows exactly where Pakistan is headed

TQ Dec 22, 2016 09:48am

Yes he is honest.

Look at other politicians who have gone to school, and then think over the decisions they made during their office or out of office, what an amazing lot.

John Smith Dec 22, 2016 09:48am

Always speaks his mind.

Abid Tauseef Dec 22, 2016 09:52am

No surprises Mr. President. We all deserve you well.

waqas Dec 22, 2016 09:53am

@wajih, yeah no laughs! but in a way he's saying to them, all you need is the "ways and means" to get to the top!

MJS Dec 22, 2016 10:00am

Don't know if I should cry or laugh.

Arshad Dec 22, 2016 10:06am

Yes the country has high expectations from the young generation to pay for the billions of dollars of debt which is accumulating fast. He is telling this truthfully too.

anony Dec 22, 2016 10:07am

Ok now THIS is embarrasing.

syed Ali Dec 22, 2016 10:05am

Seems like he was home schooled; it is common to be home schooled even in USA.

BALOCH,quetta Dec 22, 2016 10:14am

It is a strange that millions of children in Baloochistan deprived of basic education in schools although having intrest to learn.I am in anger.

Nizamuddin Ahmad AAli Dec 22, 2016 10:12am

Fact: The President was home schooled ( which is common in the United States. Today it is very common among Muslims and rural Orthodox Christians ) and took board of education ( matriculation ). Passed his undergraduate from a local college and got his MBA from a prestigious business school known as IBA. This is remarkable and there is nothing funny about it.

Yasir Dec 22, 2016 10:15am

I don't understand. What is so funny about being home schooled. Many kids get home schooling every year.

Sun Dec 22, 2016 10:19am

Pakistan should named in Gunnies Book as it is president never gone to Shcool.

shah Dec 22, 2016 10:15am

Dear all, Please dont directly jump to conclusion. He just said that "formal schooling was done at home". otherwise, if we do a little research he is an MBA from IBA.

ABID ALI Dec 22, 2016 10:29am

Wow....Innocence at its peak

Dr Husain, MD Dec 22, 2016 10:30am

Respect !

Truth will Always PreVAIL Dec 22, 2016 10:32am

And we thought Bill Gate and Mark Zuckerberg were genious for dropping out of harvard. lolz

Hamza Farooq Dec 22, 2016 10:42am

Respect to his honesty and educational background he pursue to become successful businessman and then President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Rah Dec 22, 2016 10:48am

thank god, he has not gain any fake degree like others..

ahsan Dec 22, 2016 10:58am

@ all people who are try to shaming him they should be ashamed of themselves he is our president we should respect them at least he is honest that he never go to school he had done MBA from IBA.

Dynamite Dec 22, 2016 11:10am

not sure whether to laugh at or feel sorry for Pakistan

Aman Khan Dec 22, 2016 11:12am

We, as a nation, draw quick conclusions. He has never been to school? Oh, he is uneducated, No one bothers to read the remaining part that he is an IBA graduate.

Dawn has equally contributed to this misconception by highlighting only the non-going to school only.

Jawad Dec 22, 2016 11:18am

Kids who are home schooled are more smarter than kids who actually goto school.

Oscar Dec 22, 2016 11:21am

He is like any other PML(N).

flipflop Dec 22, 2016 11:25am

Well at least he's honest. On the other hand give students opportunities and encourage them to attain higher education. Strengthen the education and health sector to have knowledgeable and healthy workforce.

AW Dec 22, 2016 11:26am

He should heed the advice himself first and follow the foot steps and the vision of Mohammad Ali Jinnah before giving this advice to others. The President should lead by example

Vasan Dec 22, 2016 11:28am

President Mamnoon Hussain still have lot of opportunities to help under privileged children to school and enjoy the childhood and freedom. The best Chief Minister of South India in 50's and 60's Mr.Kamaraj, never went to school. He pioneered to open schools every 5th Km, so that all children can reach the school by foot, and he offered free lunch for all kids coming to school. Is now one of the best state producing engineers and doctors for India and to the world including Sundar Pichai of Google.

BNJ Dec 22, 2016 12:04pm

That was really honest of Mr President !!

Reader Dec 22, 2016 12:20pm

@Vasan . Wonderful to read your article. I think this should be copied worldwide, have a school every 5th. Km especially in underdeveloped countries, so every child can walk, to school.

Hanif Dec 22, 2016 12:25pm

William Shakespeare, Jean J Rousseau never attended any school, but the world knows their contribution.

adnan Dec 22, 2016 12:35pm

No shame in not going to school, home schooling was very common in yester years.My parents & grandparents use to tell us that they had home schooling till they were ready to go high school or even in some cases to college.I am also a firm believer that kids should be home schooled at least till they are 10. This also develop a close bond & trust between parent and child.I know many Muslim families in Europe who are home schooling their kids (despite the fact that schooling is free & state responsibility).They do that because they want to focus on both education & upbringing of their kids.We unfortunately have transferred the responsibility of education & upbringing of our most precious assets,our kids, to profit making institutions which are called “Private Schools”.There is no shame in not going to school,shame will be, when even after spending millions on kids’ education, we will not be able to transform them into a good human being who can become an effective member of the society.

RIZ Dec 22, 2016 12:37pm

I think they should be more specific when highlighting this news. He is educated person. It's not easy to get admission in IBA.

A Dec 22, 2016 12:40pm

He is right....there is difference between an educated person and a graduate !! He is well educated ...don't misread him !

rashid Khalani Dec 22, 2016 12:59pm

@Jawad says who?

rashid Khalani Dec 22, 2016 12:59pm

@Abid Tauseef - lol - well said

Jg Dec 22, 2016 01:14pm

Bit like modi then.

tahseen Dec 22, 2016 01:21pm

if he had not gone to school then from where he earned all his degrees and it needs to clarified

tahseen Dec 22, 2016 01:24pm

if he had not gone to school then from where he earned all his degrees and it needs to clarified

Rizwan Dec 22, 2016 01:56pm

@Nizamuddin Ahmad AAli Thanku for sharing this information.

Anwar Saeed. Saint Louis, Missouri. USA Dec 22, 2016 01:56pm

@MJS Just stay quite and learn more about Pakistan.

Anwar Saeed. Saint Louis, Missouri. USA Dec 22, 2016 01:53pm

@Abid Tauseef So true.

Rizwan Dec 22, 2016 01:55pm

@adnan impressive....height of postive Thinking

Rizwan Dec 22, 2016 02:01pm

My Question is to Reporter what was the basic theme of this story you told us....i know pakistani community take non serious every thing but why media presents things to give one more opportunity to show themselves?

Zahid Akbar Dec 22, 2016 02:06pm

At least he has the moral courage to say so. Great Man. It is great Dilemma that minimum education level for a Naib Qasid and Chowkidar is fixed but not for political appointees

Sk Dec 22, 2016 02:34pm

Thank you for enlightening us, Mr. President!

sami Dec 22, 2016 02:54pm

@VGP No wonder Bill gates never finished his university education but still he is the richest person of the world.

Skeptic Dec 22, 2016 03:03pm

I have a lot more respect for a humble honest man, than all the pretentious ones who hold fake degrees and lie through their teeth all the time.

No shame in admitting your shortcomings and misfortune. I know many who claim to be educated, but have no sign of wisdom.

KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) Dec 22, 2016 03:13pm

SIR...That's why you should rarely visit the parliament to backup the government existence on the "so called democracy".

The Me Again Dec 22, 2016 03:22pm

Guys guys, He is IBA Karachi graduate. I think all what he meant was he did not go to school but studied at home for a few years.

The Me Again Dec 22, 2016 03:25pm

@Aman Khan Thank you!

Kashif Malik Dec 22, 2016 03:28pm

@VGP He is an IBA graduate. He did elementary education at home.

Danish Dec 22, 2016 03:31pm

To be honest is better than a fake degree! Mr. President you earned more respect being an honest person. We do hope you will push ruling party to take steps that help children not to miss school in future.

The end is near Dec 22, 2016 03:37pm

Nothing new Mr.President. Those sitting in The Parliament have also never gone to school. Something that can happen only in Pakistan.

Pak Dec 22, 2016 03:35pm

@VGP he is a IBA graduate ..

Shahid Dec 22, 2016 03:49pm

Here is a role model and living incentive for kids to stay at home. Did anybody know this before he was appointed president?

Amer RAO Dec 22, 2016 03:53pm

I agreed with WAJIH, " at least he is honest ". and look what other highly educated did to Pakistan?

Khwarezmi Dec 22, 2016 03:59pm

People who will not be able to get middle management positions in mid-sized international firm are running a whole country. No wonder everything is going down south!

Ahmed Dec 22, 2016 04:04pm

That is why he is president of pakistan

Irfan Dec 22, 2016 04:26pm

No problem he is representation 95% of the Population

khanm Dec 22, 2016 04:26pm

NO WONDER WHY HE NEVER HAD ANY SAY SO...NICE GOING GENTLEMEN ... Some words were made up without any thought given. Nice is one of them. Nice has no meaning. Nice gets thrown out there to replace something meaningful. Take Goodreads and turn it into Nicereads. This goes to show that nice provides no justice.

riz1 Dec 22, 2016 04:34pm

@syed Ali "it is common to be home schooled even in USA" Yes, as per 2015 records, 3% of US kids are home-schooled by parents as a matter of principle or due to money problems. The percentage actually appears big, but does not point to this being a "common" phenomenon.

Leo Dec 22, 2016 04:39pm

@Rizwan : well said !

Masood Hussain Dec 22, 2016 04:46pm

How can one get an admission in IBA with no schooling as following is the requirement for admission in IBA:

Graduate Programs - (MBA, MBA-Evening, MS) Must have a bachelor's degree (with a minimum of 60%) from recognized university in any area of study. Minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA. 16 years of education is required. 2 years experience for MBA mandatory. The IBA also accepts holders of professional degrees (B.E., M.B.B.S., etc

Fawzia H Dec 22, 2016 04:51pm

We have an incompetent president?

J Dec 22, 2016 04:52pm

This is just sad.

Art kp Dec 22, 2016 04:54pm

If corrupt leaders are role models then why keep high expectations from younger generations?

EVE Dec 22, 2016 04:54pm

My husband is QAU m.phil topper and doing PH.D in Latin America, he also never been in school his matriculation is private.

Frank Dec 22, 2016 05:16pm

Only in Pakistan you can hold the highest office in the country without ever going to school !

Shami Dec 22, 2016 05:19pm

Wow and this guy is the president of Pakistan....bravooo

Nasir Dec 22, 2016 05:25pm

@Art kp What is the relationship between homeschooling and corrupt leadership. Do you mean homeschooling produces corrupt leadership. Your comments seem to be totally out of context.

samina Dec 22, 2016 05:25pm

I went to an elite, private school and at 36 all my best and close friends are from school, yet I don't miss my school. Education in schools is about rote memorizing and a blind race to better grades and jobs. Schools lack character and moral development, they fail to nurture our strengths and navigate through our weaknesses. I homeschool my three boys who spend most of their days playing like elementary kids should instead of sitting at desks. They love reading and unlike school our reading material covers a wide variety of subjects. You did not miss out on anything, Mr. President.

Shiraz Dec 22, 2016 05:27pm

Guinness books of records

Kam Dec 22, 2016 05:36pm

Guys before you start bashing president he is graduate from Karachi IBA.

Patriot Dec 22, 2016 05:38pm

Our politicians need not waste their time in making such statements. It shows every time they they open their mouth or take a step.

M. Siddique Dec 22, 2016 05:45pm

Home schooling in the USA considered an exclusively high quality education. I wonder why people should laugh.

ZAWAR Dec 22, 2016 05:44pm

I guess some people here who did go to school don't even know the difference between homeschooling and illiteracy, he is an IBA graduate by the way.

Iftikhar Husain Dec 22, 2016 06:03pm

Iagree he is honest that is a great character of a person.

mohammad Dec 22, 2016 06:06pm

The negative commentators are more than positive it shows the IQ level of our nation that is why they vote for Nawaz Sharif

Atif Dec 22, 2016 06:11pm

@VGP He did his schooling at home due to financual woes. He is graduate from IBA Karachi which is one of the most prestigious and finest educational institute in Pakistan.

Reader Dec 22, 2016 06:19pm

@samina . A very courageous move by not sending your kids to school and home schooling them. However School is not about rote learning, it is about meeting other children and interacting. You should not think that because your experience was not good all schools and all teachers are the same. I went to B.V.S. Parsi High School, there the principal Mr. Behram Rustomji did exactly what you think, there were workshops,( Carpentry, electrical and metal work) there were visitors every week from the real world who shared their experiences, their were even teachers from other countries on a few occasions, there were films shown, from the British Council and American Center, there was all sorts of sports from athletics, to boxing and wrestling, there was drama, poetry, literature, in short, if your experience was what it was, it is not what every school teaches, there are people just like you who have a broader understanding of what schooling should be like and put it into practice.

Israrul Haque Dec 22, 2016 06:21pm

Please check if any of the Pakistani political leaders have been to school

Salim Khan Dec 22, 2016 06:51pm

No surprise. The people who mock on his statements in fact don't know home schooling is very popular in developed countries as it has many benefits. Our 'well educated' politicians graduated from prestigious and expensive schools but now they are being reimbursed all money themselves what they spent in schools. I amproud my president is an honest and corrupt free president. Thank you Mr. President.

ADD Dec 22, 2016 06:59pm

@Wajih I'm trying hard not too.

OSD Dec 22, 2016 07:17pm

Considering the fact that he got admission into IBA at that time, his education was on par with the best of the schools.

Samina Dec 22, 2016 07:29pm

@Dear Reader. Ofcourse not all schools were bad. BTW the school i went to had clubs and extra curricular activities and what not. Most of my friends if not all remember school fondly like i did until i had kids and questioned what i wanted to achieve through education. I would recommend reading books by John Holt and John Taylor Getto. Also schools are places of learning and not socializing. As a homeschool family we have so many opportunities to socialize that if we didnt say no to them we will never be home !!

Naresh Dec 22, 2016 07:30pm

That's why u r president .its educated who always suffer

Waseem Dec 22, 2016 07:35pm

Oh, that's why NS chose him to be head of state. Got it guys

Syed Dec 22, 2016 07:38pm

So you can become president of Pakistan with no schooling

Dr.Sadaf Dec 22, 2016 07:47pm

But still you have the joy of being the President, that only happens in Pakistan, how joyful is that.

waheed Dec 22, 2016 07:52pm

@VGP dear he was home schooled, then went to IBA

TKhan Dec 22, 2016 07:49pm

It is true. His father who owned a shoe factory in Aram Bagh area was a very pious and a man with old fashion values. It was common for children of businessmen to follow the foot steps of the father and join the business in early age; instead of going to school. His father opted his older sons to receive home schooling whereas his younger brothers went to regular government schools. President Mamnoon is a very good man, whether he is capable of being President of Pakistan? that is debatable.

waheed Dec 22, 2016 07:49pm

@VGP i love your concern my dear indian brethren

waheed Dec 22, 2016 07:54pm

@AW my friend your ignorance baffles me

Rao Amjad Ali Dec 22, 2016 08:02pm

The head of Virgin Group, Richard Branson, never finished school, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were both university drop outs and the former Prime Minister of Britain, John Major did not have a college degree.

If anything, President Mamnoon Hussain has gone up in my estimation because of his homeschooling as it shows he is a man with grit and substance to have gotten to the top post despite that background.

shoukat sheikh Dec 22, 2016 08:07pm

I think anyone admitting this sort of thing has to be somewhat honest. which is rarity in Pakistan.

Ahsan Gul Dec 22, 2016 08:10pm

Very few people who are blessed with kind of household to provide A class education to their children. Pakistan was created so Muslims have if not equal but comparable opportunities for each family. But, we can see clearly that poor will stay poor and their children will also be poor in our economic ladder. This nepotism, money cheating and favoritism must stop if rich wants to enjoy and want to keep their children supported. Pakistan is coming to cross roads where public is fed up from these self serving politicians and leaders. Believe me if rich think that they will find refuge and be able to live comfortably in foreign countries with their looted money from Pakistan, they are dead wrong. Western countries do not give hoot to Pakistani and their skin color. Ask some expatriates who have left Pakistan 20/30 years ago. Sincerely

Amir Dec 22, 2016 08:31pm

Incompetents have been lording it over Pakistan since 2008 ! Jeevay Pakistan !!

Hyder Dec 22, 2016 08:30pm

Sir

How did institute of business administration in Karachi allowed him to study if he has not been to a school???

Iftikhar Saeed Dec 22, 2016 08:38pm

Is it pride or regret

Masood Hussain Dec 22, 2016 08:45pm

Credit goes to N.S for picking him for the POST as he needed one lesser educated.

Waqas Dec 22, 2016 08:55pm

@BALOCH,quetta Not Just Blochistan, other Provinces also have a high illiteracy rate

TQ Dec 22, 2016 09:02pm

Before we all start jumping on the band wagon and passing comments, please do note that in US also, we have a system by which parents can make a dicision to teach their kids at home.

We had a Manager who was home schooled and he was brilliant. Schools teach you a set curriculum which is same for all. But some parents disagree with it and they teach their kids themselves.

Similarly Pakistani President was also home schooled, but for graduation he did take exams and qualified with high marks, and then graduated from IBA Karachi which is a renowned institute.

Chandra ShaH Dec 22, 2016 09:44pm

It has been taken out of context! Home Schooling is very common in USA these days.

Dr riffat jabeen Dec 22, 2016 09:59pm

@adnan Yes you are right . He is an educated person with university degree.

Dr riffat jabeen Dec 22, 2016 10:03pm

No need to make fun without having correct information.

Marghoob Siddiqui Dec 22, 2016 10:25pm

Very good decision of Nawaz Shareef to make a person as President who has never gone to school just to be sure he will not take any action on his corruption.

Dr. doctor Dec 22, 2016 10:42pm

Home schooling, if performed diligently, is superior to any other form of education currently offered in most countries. The most successful school system in the world is that of Norway and children are sent to school briefly for a 'real' education and positive influence.

Most successful professional as well as celebrities who made it big have been home schooled (wholly or partially) while concentrating on their skills that they intend to pursue.

Of course not every parent is capable and has the means of home schooling their children to a satisfactory level hence the second best mode of 'regular schooling' is undertaken as a last resort!

Faraz Dec 22, 2016 10:43pm

No laugh n cries dudes.... he is honest but perhaps serving better than many literate politicians (matric pass) hahaha. The main irony is that where the country is heading to with these so called leaders .... who have no vision even better eye sights

ibrahim Dec 22, 2016 10:44pm

This is so sad, we have a president who has never gone to school.

Seneca Dec 22, 2016 11:22pm

Not to worry Sir, Sharifs have been to school and look at the results. In PK school is useless you just need to know the right people and know how to do sketchy work.

What Dec 22, 2016 11:56pm

What does he talk when he meets the leaders from other countries. Sorry I am not against him or other under privelged people and agree that education itself does not provide the knowledge, however, in order to be communicating with others, it is easier when they can exchange similar ideas and views which is difficult without any education.

Great achievement for becoming the president.

Dr.Sadaf Dec 23, 2016 12:48am

@Rao Amjad Ali , please he did not reach the top post with the help of his grit and substance but with something else.

Cookie Monster Dec 23, 2016 01:02am

@anony what is so embarrassing about being homeschooled?

Javed Dec 23, 2016 01:08am

Self incrimination is against the law.

Mir Dec 23, 2016 01:40am

we should not take things for the face values always. We should question things based on observations and relationships. And, if we see sufficient evidence exists with high confidence level then we should learn to reject claims. Homeschooling is not uncommon in America.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Dec 23, 2016 01:46am

What a great tragedy?

Rashid Dec 23, 2016 02:09am

Education is not a peace of paper, literacy can be achieved by being honest and having common sense that is rare in Pakistan. I salute Mr president, because he is honest as well as gentle man.

Rp Dec 23, 2016 02:53am

Guys, many comments show people get hyped over nothing. He is NOT unqualified because he did not go to school. No what he is regretting is that he missed the chance to be a student as a child in primary, middle and high schools. He received proper education (at home) up to the 10th grade and passed the board exam, then went to college (which is also called a school in many countries) to get his BA and then on to IBA a prestigious university (which is also called a school) to get his degree. Cheer up guys - the guy is well qualified!

Adeeb Dec 23, 2016 02:58am

You got to have courage to say the truth, where 75% of parliamentarians have lied about their education.

J.niaz Dec 23, 2016 03:31am

@TKhan Thank you for the information you have provided. He is home schooled, from a humble background, passed all the necessary examinations and earned a degree from IBA. All the best wishes to him.

Anwar Saeed. Saint Louis, Missouri. USA Dec 23, 2016 04:28am

@Hyder Every thing is possible in Pakistan, but should have either money or big influence.

Anwar Saeed. Saint Louis, Missouri. USA Dec 23, 2016 04:30am

@Wajih I am not laughing, just crying with joy so see now many many others will have the opportunity to become Pakistani President some day.

Tariq Khan Dec 23, 2016 04:35am

Then you are in good company in the senate. And beleive the same goes for parliment. No wonder you guts understand eachother so well.

Ahsan Dec 23, 2016 05:12am

We must highlight that the present president of Pakistan is a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IBA, Karachi University. I too did this after my Engineering Graduation. It has supreme importance in academic field Home schooling is yet another way to do MATRICULATION privately and is duly accepted by Secondary Board. Hence let's not make fun of our able president

Irshad Ali Channa Dec 23, 2016 05:16am

That's why you are the President of Pakistan. If u would have been college graduate, Master's or PhD like most of the Pakistsni youth, you must be selling Pakorra on cart.

Syed Hafeez Imran Dec 23, 2016 05:46am

We jump to conclusions. School ends at high school O levels opr Matriculation. then comes a college and then a University

Mr Mamnoon Hussain was honest and up front to admit that he was HOME SCHOOLED.

I know from personal experience the attended Masters program at IBS in Karachi (Affiliated to university of Karachi and was established with the help of Wharton School of business from the university 0f Pennsylvania

I can vouch bout his being graduate MBA from IBA as I was his class fellow

vorshal Dec 23, 2016 05:55am

@Umar Farooq -- Really?!!!

vorshal Dec 23, 2016 05:55am

Clearly, no interference with the administration!

vorshal Dec 23, 2016 05:55am

@Truth will Always PreVAIL - You cannot get admission to the elite University if you have no education!

lootra Dec 23, 2016 06:29am

No surprise. Most politicians in the Indian subcontinent aren't well educated and it reflects in the progress of these countries. BTW, as you already know, some may say they are educated but carry fake degrees.

Syed Ahmed, canada Dec 23, 2016 07:41am

Honest and no fake degree.

LAHORI KID Dec 23, 2016 07:43am

No wonder there is no push for education, no money to build schools, no raises for school teachers, because you don't have to go to school to become the President of Pakistan. Great job our political parties.

Tanvir Dec 23, 2016 08:46am

With such a big drastic title, the article should have provided more information on how the president of Pakistan was schooled at home. A one line comment does not do justice to the article or the reader.

Azam A Siddiqui Dec 23, 2016 09:39am

There should be a permanent teacher education Commission who plan and improve the teacher education curriculum on a continuous basis.After the second world war both Germany and Japan started borrowing concepts from the United States high school curriculum and Sewden stopped teaching the German language.There should be a sub-committee for Social Sciences,one for languages,one for sciences, and one for Mathematics etc. etc.India has developed their Social sciences curriculum and may be of other subjects as well.We should do this borrowing on a continuous from from all advanced countries and universities.Our language universities should also involve in translation work for all subjects.We cannot be a world power without a world class school system.Enrich from the systems of others.

Abcd Dec 23, 2016 10:44am

Home schooling is not bad. Even western countries have that.

leaders. Dec 23, 2016 11:06am

@TKhan . If Mr. Mamnoon Hussain is good man, I will take your word for it, a good man is good enough quality to be the our President. We Pakistani's want hero's, and are hero worshipers, that is our problem. The sooner we see leaders as individuals, just like you and me, who are plain ordinary, we will realize and become a better nation and expect less from "leaders".

The GUY Dec 23, 2016 11:27am

Ignorance at its peak in the comments section.

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 23, 2016 12:27pm

Dummy president in Pakistan, just like Indian president/Vice president.

aRIF mUQRI Dec 23, 2016 12:28pm

My heart is crying for my country future.

MB Dec 23, 2016 02:17pm

Only in Pakistan will we the President for being honest about not going to school.

Serg Dec 23, 2016 02:44pm

@VGP Wow, just read the headline and form an opinion and even comment. Audacious.

Tariq, Lahore Dec 23, 2016 04:47pm

Now that speaks volume of our country!

Daud ali Dec 23, 2016 05:32pm

You can not do any thing. He is in high rank the president of pakistan and you all educated persons work under him and his rank

Walid Dec 23, 2016 05:37pm

@Wajih Honesty is respected but we can not get the slot in an office just with a degree because for that experience is also required but they get the whole country to run with no qualifications at all.

Fida Dec 23, 2016 07:32pm

My great grandfather Jaffer Faddoo never went to school, he taught himself at home courses equivalent of matriculation and medical degree and went on with his life and became a successful self made businessman, published two newspapers, in English and Gujarati and later built a Jaffer Faddoo dispensary in 1904, which is located in Kharadhar, Karachi. The building with a clock tower is a heritage building. They say if there is a will there is a way.

Javed qamer USA Dec 23, 2016 08:49pm

And he is the president of Pakistan

Fazal Karim Dec 23, 2016 09:02pm

He is much better than out going cadet college president.

Jay Dec 23, 2016 09:05pm

He is not the only one who did not go to school in this government. Also, what has he done to compensate that for the next generation? Our leaders don't know how give back to the society. Just admission of not going to school for some reason is the first step towards fixing the problem.

exlim Dec 23, 2016 09:45pm

The PML-N and the Shareefs know how to pick a president. Someone has to read for him to be able to sign papers. Oh well....No wonder why we have so many semi literate so called 'senior tajziakaars' hogging the political channels and news media.

Hemant Dec 23, 2016 09:55pm

I have never seen a country that has put all their future development plan on only one initiative like CPEC! But with highest level of political governance is done by some one who has not seen school what more can be expected?!

Zain Sayed Dec 23, 2016 10:34pm

What is wrong with being honest? And what is wrong for not being to school? He is not applying for a Naib Qasid job here. He is the President. Did Steve Jobs or Bill Gates ever went to college. No, they did not! Schools only make you into a clerk or a manager not a world leader! Hats off to you Mr. Prseident!

Bahadur Dec 23, 2016 10:32pm

People! He got his education at home. It's not that he is uneducated. If you Google, lots of people have been home schooled, even many US presidents.

Amanullah Khan Dec 23, 2016 11:29pm

At least the President spoke the truth. He did not hide the fact from the people of Pakistan like many Pakistani so called leaders.. We must appreciate his truthfulness. I think he has followed Moulana Moudodi the founder of Jamaat Islami who had also not got the opportunity of attending a regular school.

Adnan ANWAR Dec 23, 2016 11:30pm

Atleast he did not produce a fake degree

ZAK Dec 24, 2016 12:18am

It is never too late

LAHORI KID Dec 24, 2016 01:49am

Our political leaders are suppose to be an example setters, they are suppose to lead by example, we are suppose to look up to them. Some times, staying quiet is much more productive than being honest

Nizamuddin Ahmad AAli Dec 24, 2016 05:15am

@Masood Hussain ; To be admitted in graduate program ( MBA ) in IBA one has to be a college degree, which tthe president had from a local college and good grade in GRE. President had to have good grades. Remember IBA is no ordinary school. This was a Wharton School of Finance in sixties. Almost all the professors were from U PENN which was considered top school of finance in the world and still is. Mr. Donald Trump is also the graduate of Wharton.

cricket lover Dec 24, 2016 09:31am

@VGP He is IBA graduate. He said, he had never been to school but had a private tuition at home. There is nothing wrong with it.

y-fi Dec 24, 2016 10:05am

Don't you worry World ... at least we can make worse records if we aren't capable of achieving good rating ....

Burjor Dec 24, 2016 12:23pm

I seriously think Mr. Mamnoon Hussain is the best President that has ever held this high office. He is humble, self made man, patriotic, down to earth, no pretensions, doing his job as well as can be expected. We are fortunate in having a man like him serving our country. He is proud of his mother tongue, Urdu, speaks fluent English, is gracious and obliging. We wish him good health and happiness.

Poles apart. Dec 24, 2016 12:30pm

@Nizamuddin Ahmad AAli . Please do compare Mr. Mamnoon Hussain with Donald Trump.

Abrar Dec 24, 2016 01:20pm

@Sun pls get full information first and then comments. He did MBA from a karachi prestigious instituition

Afaq Dec 24, 2016 02:28pm

He comes from a business family in Agra, residing close to Taj Mahal and having close ties with leading Sufi families. Such families have family based initial education and later on move on to higher secondary school and onwards university education. He was contemporary to Shokat Aziz in IBA in 60 s . one year difference. No need for misinterpretations

Rkhan Dec 24, 2016 02:58pm

leave alone the president all bureaucrats area certainly highly educated and talented. what good have they done with the country hitherto.?

Babar Dec 24, 2016 04:19pm

Luck guy.

Waseem Rashid Dec 24, 2016 05:10pm

Lots of people are home-schooled, why the fuss?