Our education system and Pakistan!

We all know the importance of education. It is the most important aspect of any nation’s survival today. Education builds the nations; it determines the future of a nation. So that’s why we have to adopt our education policies very carefully because our future depends on these policies. ISLAM also tells s about education and its importance. The real essence of education according to ISLAM is “to know ALLAH” but I think in our country we truly lost. Neither our schools nor our madrassa’s (Islamic education centers) are truly educating our youth in this regard. In schools, we are just preparing them for “Money” we aren’t educating them we are just preparing “Money Machines”. We are only increasing the burden of the books for our children and just enrolling them in a reputed, big school for what, just for social status??? On the other hand in our madrassa’s we are preparing people who finds very difficult to adjust in the modern society. Sometimes it seems that they are from another planet. A madarssa student can’t compete even in our country then the world is so far from him. He finds very difficult to even speak to a school boy. It is crystal clear that Islamic education is necessary for Muslims but it is also a fact that without modern education no one can compete in this world. There are many examples of Muslim scholars who not only study the Holy Quran but also mastered the other subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and many more with the help of Holy Quran. I think with current education system we are narrowing the way for our children instead of widening it. There is no doubt that our children are very talented both in schools and in madrassa’s we just need to give them proper ways to groom, give them the space to become Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Alberoni, Abnalhasam, or Einstien, Newton, Thomas Edison. The education system we are running with is not working anymore. We have to find a way to bridge this gap between school and madrassa. Rebert Maynard Hutchins describes it as “The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” We should give our youth the way to educate themselves.

Now let’s talk about our policy makers, it seems they are not working enough. Every year policy for education is re reviewed by the government but the results are same….. Illiteracy rate is going upwards in Pakistan according to recent survey. Somebody starting “Nai Roshni School “, somebody starting “Parha Likha Pujab” etc. for what to educate Pakistan? Well, I don’t think so. These “People” are playing with our nation for the last 60 years just for their on profits and aims

Pakistan is among the 21 countries facing an “extensive” learning crisis, according to the report. This encapsulates a number of indices, such as enrolment, dropout rates, academic performance and literacy. Pakistan scores low in every index. Broadly, global standards of primary education seemed particularly severe in south and West Asia, and Western Africa. The countries in these regions, including Pakistan, are behind in virtually every index. Pakistan features along with 17 countries from sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritania, Morocco and Indian. Children in low-fee private school outperform those that are enrolled in the top tier of government schools, 36% of grade 5 students cannot read a sentence in English, which they should have been able to do by grade 2.The report exposed the inequalities in education within the country as well. “Geographical disadvantage is often aggravated by poverty and gender. In Balochitan province, Pakistan, only 45% of children of grade 5 ages could solve a two-digit subtraction, compared with 73% in wealthier Punjab province. Only around one-quarter of girls from poor households in Balochistan achieved basic numeracy skills, while boys from rich households in province fared much better, approaching the average in Punjab”. The children were not the only problematic indicators. In a list of countries that have the highest shortfall of teachers. Pakistan was the only non-African country to be on the list Nigeria was highest on the list. Requiring 212,000 teachers. The study said that between 2011 and 2015, 5.2 million primary school teachers are required globally to make sure that universal primary education is guaranteed. The report also provided further evidence to the relationship between education and health. In Pakistan only 30% of women with no education believe they have say over how many   children they have, compared with 52% of women with primary education and 63% of those with lower secondary education. Amidst the crisis, the report also recommended programs that have   mitigated the crisis save the children’s literacy boost was fairly successful in implementing early grade reading programs in government schools. Similarly, children who had attended after-gains in reading camps coordinated by community volunteers showed greater learning gains in reading fluency and accuracy in both Pashto and Urdu than classmates in the same schools. Despite the implementation of promising programs, the report stated that Pakistan is far away from achieving the 80% enrollment target it had set for 2015. We should and we have to think about our children education now that are we educating them in the right way? If not, what should we do? We have to act now otherwise it’s going to be too late for PAKISTAN!!!

 

Ayesha Jamil

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