It is clear in this Era of Technology and progress that Education plays a vital role in the progress and development of a country and nation. It wouldn’t be wrong if we classify the education system as the cornerstone of the future progress of any nation.
As Pakistan is an underdeveloped country, Education is Extremely important for its Children and youngsters as well.
“Education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan. The world is progressing so rapidly that without requisite advance in education, not only shall we lag behind others but may be wiped out altogether.”-Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
We are watching that standard of the education system in Pakistan is the worst of its kind and if it will not change, the Economy of Pakistan will go down daily and Pakistan cannot become a Fully developed nation until the System and structure of Education are improved or totally changed.
Today I am here with some suggestions for the Improvement in the current Education of Pakistan for a Better future because according to the Article of 25-A of the constitution of Pakistan:
The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such a manner as may be determined by law.
But as we see today in Pakistan that the condition of schools and colleges of Govt. sector is worst as compared to Private schools and colleges, This is mainly due to the syllabus and the method of teaching in both Govt. and Private sector.
We ourselves have created double standards for education like different education levels for different classes of people (i.e: middle class, lower class, and upper-class people) because lower-class people could not afford such costly fees of private sectors.
Let me highlight some main points for improvement of the Education system in Pakistan:
Today’s biggest problem in Pakistan is that a student doesn’t know what to do next in his life so he goes to the undirected path and fails in life. There should be people for career counseling of children so that they could get to know that what they have to do in future.
These people should be appointed in both Govt. and private sectors. Parents should also understand what a child wants to do in life and they should not impose their decisions on children.
Let’s suppose sometimes a child wants to be a doctor but parents try to impose that the child must become an engineer or sometimes Child wants to become an Engineer but parents impose that he should become Doctor.
In such cases, the child loses his heart and stops hard work and passion in his studies and Try to start Cramming and at the end of the day, he becomes a failed person.
Budget allocation of Education:
Some people point out that budget is the biggest issue with the condition of education in Pakistan. I may agree with the notion that the budget can be increased and that may improve things a little bit but the people who point this out are oblivious of the numbers.
Let’s talk numbers, often the figure of 2% is presented for the total budget allocation in Pakistan for every fiscal year budget. While that figure is true for federally administrated areas like GB or Islamabad, it is only true for those areas, which is a very small portion of the total population of Pakistan.
While considering the things like budgets we have to remember that after the 18th amendment, the Federal Govt. does not dictate what provincial governments do regarding their own budget allocations. Federal Govt. has to allocate the budgets for provinces, and then the provinces decide what they want to spend on each department of their respective province.
After handing out this huge chunk of money to all the provinces, the only things the Federal govt has the power to spend money on is debt servicing such as IMF loans and defense budget of the country, and the small things which relate to the federal territory of Pakistan (which includes Islamabad and GB).
Those federal expenditures are very minimal in the grand scheme of things. That is why when you look at the bigger picture, that 2% figure seems very minuscule as compared to the rest of the budget, while it’s really not.
Because that 2% (if that’s even the actual figure) is only for the federally administered areas, the provinces have their own budget allocations for their respective provinces, and it’s far bigger than a mere 2%.
Change the system:
Govt. have to take specific steps to end cramming system in education from Govt. as well as Private sector and implement a system of practical work, so that every student can gain more knowledge by doing research on that specific topic or subject, unlike “Ratta”(cramming) system where student have to memorize everything for a short period of time which Teacher gives him/her.
Equality and Quality in Syllabus:
We are facing many problems in our educational system due to different courses in different boards and Provinces. At first Govt. should implement the same course and syllabus in all provinces and Boards to make sure that everyone gets the same education.
Secondly, Govt should order Private as well as govt. schools and colleges to implement one syllabus in classes and there should be no double standards like implementing Oxford’s books in private sectors and Implementing Text Board’s books in Govt. sectors.
Training for Teachers:
Govt. should implement higher standards for choosing Teachers (i.e: at least M. Phil teachers) to make sure that they are teaching according to some standards.
At least one Teachers Training session should be held every six months where professionals should teach some better ways to teachers for teaching. In this way, we can get more concentration on the improvement of teaching methods.
These are some of the major issues of the current education system of Pakistan, let’s hope for a better future for the Education system in Pakistan.
Please share your views and suggestions about the current education system in Pakistan.