No space for growth

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The ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in Pak­istan has re­peat­edly strug­gled to im­prove its stan­dards. The sit­u­a­tion has not changed and the an­nual re­sults of the in­ter­me­di­ate ex­am­i­na­tions are an ever-present tes­ti­mony of the glitches in our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem. Over 15,000 stu­dents are en­rolled at the in­ter­me­di­ate level. How­ever, only 1,000 stu­dents from Karachi are able to pass in their first at­tempt. If this is the case, where do the rest of the stu­dents go?

Cor­rup­tion has been ram­pant in our ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor and its ef­fects can be felt through­out the sys­tem. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on their stud­ies, many stu­dents bribe the rel­e­vant of­fi­cers to earn the de­sired marks. What is the point of get­ting good grades if stu­dents have to pay for them? Has the value of hard work di­min­ished over time? Th­ese fac­tors have led to a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in the lit­er­acy rate of Pak­istan. A ma­jor­ity of stu­dents with good grades do not have the req­ui­site knowl­edge. Those stu­dents who do have a strong world­view do not get the op­por­tu­nity to get ahead. The ed­u­ca­tion cri­sis in Pak­istan must be over­come as soon as pos­si­ble to en­sure a bright ca­reer for stu­dents and up­hold eth­i­cal practices.

Wa­jeeha Saqib

Karachi

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