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Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

MA­SOOD KHAN

The re­cently an­nounced IBA-Karachi’ ad­mis­sion test re­sults for BBA, Com­puter Sciences, Eco­nomics, Maths, Ac­coun­tancy and Fi­nan­cial dis­ci­plines, tell us a gloomy story of what’s hap­pen­ing in schools and col­leges run by Sindh gov­ern­ment. Out of 1055 can­di­dates, 754 stu­dents (70%) who got ad­mis­sion in the BS and BBA pro­grammes were from A-level cur­ricu­lum while the re­main­ing 301 stu­dents (30%) were from the in­ter­me­di­ate class cur­ricu­lum. Not a sin­gle stu­dent who passed ma­tric­u­la­tion exam from any gov­ern­ment school cleared the IBA test. IBA claims that ad­mis­sion test is based on in­ter­me­di­ate syl­labus but very few in­ter-class stu­dents cleared the test. Few decades back, most of the IBA’ suc­cess­ful can­di­dates used to be from gov­ern­ment schools (nick­named as Yel­low Schools). Who is not aware that de­plorable stan­dard of teach­ing and copy cul­ture has moved IBA (and all such pres­ti­gious in­sti­tutes) away from those stu­dents who can’t af­ford pri­vate schools ed­u­ca­tion. But even not ev­ery pri­vate school is a suc­cess­ful story; it all de­pends on how much you are ready to pay as th­ese are run as profit mak­ing ma­chines. It’s quite clear that not only this gov­ern­ment but ev­ery out­go­ing and in­com­ing gov­ern­ment doesn’t con­sider ed­u­ca­tion as its top pri­or­ity. It may be a fun­nel to al­lo­cate funds but IBA ad­mis­sion re­sults ex­pose what’s be­ing taught in gov­ern­ment schools and col­leges, if ever taught any­thing. Ed­u­ca­tion is now a pri­vate mat­ter, it’s no more a state con­cern; its up to you to keep your kids in gov­ern­ment-run schools and throw them in a vis­cous cy­cle of poverty. Re­cently Sindh gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a large chunk of 2016-17 bud­get for ed­u­ca­tion — do you think any­thing will change, other than fat­ten­ing of few ac­counts bal­ances? — Saudi Ara­bia

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