Education is responsibility of Ministry of Education and the provincial governments. Article 25-A of the constitution says the state will provide free and compulsory quality education to all children in such a manner as determined by law. Known for its penchant for passing laws, an earlier law passed by the Sindh Assembly “Every child of the age of five to sixteen years shall have a fundamental right to free and compulsory education” only resulted in worsening what little was left of the schooling system in Sindh. Hence, our education system has failed to educate the common people. Lack of management, poor polices, bad planning and corruption have led to destruction of the education system. Insufficient funds and poor allocation of funds in the budget are also major hindrances in the growth of the education sector. One sometimes wonders where the nation is headed. Ghost schools and ghost teachers still exist but nobody takes any action. The feudals have been using the schools as breeding grounds for their animals. The whole education system is a hotchpotch affair. In many government schools, there’s no roof, furniture, drinking water and toilet facilities. Teachers don’t turn-up but claim full salaries in connivance with the management. If the parents don’t assist their wards in their homework, the students can’t pull on in class. As a last resort, they look to the teacher for tuition. The fees being charged in the private schools are touching the sky. Instead of paying attention to the basic problems, laptops are being distributed among students. As if all that wasn’t enough, one of the chief ministers of the country tried to introduce the Chinese language as a subject in his province. Social evils have now crept into each and every sphere of our society, including education. For example, take the case of cheating in exams. How shamelessly our students, the so-called ‘future architects of the nation’, cheat and how shamelessly our teachers, the mentors of these future architects, allow them to copy. And, still nothing happens. The Country’s overall literacy rate is almost 55 percent. It is one of eight countries in the whole world that spends less than two percent of GDP on education. We have lots of educational institutions but they cannot compete with today’s educational requirements. If some private institutions provide quality education, they are out of the common person’s reach. Thus the Nation needs to impose an emergency in the education sector if it wants to grow.
-Published on page#-8, April-2014 edition of MOBILE WORLD Magazine