By Hooria Butt:
Education is one of the most important need for every society. No society can make progress without good education. As our beloved leader quaid e azam said
Education system is a matter of life and death for pakistan.
Unfortunately after 70 years of independence we could not make a efficient education system that can help us to make our nation strong. The biggest problem of our education system is 2 types of education systems in our country one is for the elite class and the second one is for the rest of people. Elite class children enjoy every facility. They have the best schools, good syllabus and qualified teachers. On the other hand middle class children study in a very heartbreaking situation they don’t have even proper schools and no other facility.
This discrimination between elite and middle class students create problems in our education system. Another problem is that most of illiterate people think that girls should not go to schools thats why majority of our females is illiterate. But in islam it our religious obligation to get education and this is for both men and women.
We have 2 types of system in the country, but a uniform curriculum can be introduced in educational institutes of the country. This will provide equal opportunity to the students of rural areas to compete with students of urban areas in the job market.
Since majority of Pakistani population resides in rural areas and the access to education is a major problem for them, it seems feasible that a balanced approach for formal and informal education be adopted. Government as well as non-government sector should work together to promote education in rural areas.
The government should take measures to get school buildings vacated which are occupied by feudal lords of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab. Efforts should be made to ensure that proper education is provided in those schools.
The federal government is paying attention to the vocational and technical training, but it is important to make the already existing vocational and technical training centres more efficient so that skilled youth could be produced.
Since education is a provincial subject, the provincial education secretariats need to be strengthened. Special policy planning units should be established in provinces’ education departments for implementation of educational policies and formulation of new policies whenever needed. The provincial education departments need to work out financial resources required for realising the compliance of Article 25-A.
Federal Government should play a supportive role vis-à-vis the provinces for the early compliance of the constitutional obligation laid down in Article 25-A. Special grants can be provided to the provinces where the literacy rate is low.if we pay proper attention on this issue only and only then we can make our future bright and successful.