Education: A major issue
SYED SUFYAN ALAM
Education is the most essential ingredient for the development of a nation. It is an established fact that nations that have reached the heights of development and prosperity have done it by using education and information as a tool to do it. Education is simply an investment to achieve both human and economic development. But unfortunately it is one of the biggest problems in Pakistan.
The education system of Pakistan is rotten to the core. At present, the education sector is facing crisis just like other major sectors of the country. The educational system of the country is based on different mediums, which divide the students in two segments. Mostly private schools are English medium while the Government schools are Urdu medium. Regional differences are also a major cause for a poor educational system in Pakistan. Gender discrimination is very common in Pakistan. People are very conservative and they don’t want their girls to go to school and get education. Due to this, the ratio of boys and girls in primary schools is 10:4
In the Human Development Report, Pakistan is placed at 136th position for having just 49.9% educated population. In addition to that, Pakistan is ranked at 113th out of 120 registered UN members according to the research conducted by UNESCO. Some of the very basic flaws of the education system in Pakistan contribute to the economic, ethnic and socio-political crisis in the country. Moreover, the quality of education in most of the public schools and colleges is well below par; the teachers in government schools are not well trained. People who do not get job in any other sector, try their luck in educational system. They are not professionally trained teachers so they are unable to train a nation. Quality of teaching needs special attention in rural areas where the teachers lack in all departments. Poverty is another fac- tor that prohibits the parents to send their children to private schools where the quality of education is comparatively high. Poor people get their children admitted to Government schools. The teachers in Government schools are not professionally trained. They even don’t take lectures and waste the precious time of the students
The allocation of funds for education sector by the Government of Pakistan are very low; only 2% of the total GDP. Government should increase this ratio to improve the quality of education in the country. Education is very important for the development of every country. It is the only cure for the disability of a country because today’s students are tomorrow’s nation builder. Government should take steps to remove the above mentioned problems so as to improve the quality of education in the country. —Via email