Education in Pakistan

April 23, 2015 Comments Off on Education in Pakistan
Education in Pakistan

Despite little time I managed to visit two colleges in my village.  The boy’s college gave us impression of a working educational institute because some sport activities were going on the field.  The principal had a big list of grievances against education authorities and the Government in general.  He was weary of corruption from top to bottom.  There is no culture of work or duty consciousness in education as in other systems, employees just sign to receive salaries, and most of them are engaged in private businesses as their main occupations.  They don’t listen if a ‘out of date’ Head stress on punctuality and performance. Higher vacancies of education jobs are filled politically not on merit basis, Ph.ds are appointed from higher up; teachers are not upgraded who have experience and knowledge of the system. The college has science classes but no student.  Students from well off families go to big cities for education the poor attend art classes in this college and then strive for minor jobs. The principals and teachers are burdened with extra duties from other government departments especially by the health Departments, election commission etc. They are required to help to eradicate Dangi and polio endemics. They sell Red -Cross tickets. From time to time they help other drives of the health department because rural hospitals, health centres and dispensaries are totally disabled. They organise and supervise polling system. O the other hand there was a principal in the local women Degree College but no staff at 2 pm and I could also see about 25 girls roaming about but no classes.  The college has only 4 staff members and 8 internship teachers who actually are hopefuls of qualified teacher’s status sometime in future. There were only two teachers in the staff room enjoying the company of class 4 male servants. The huge new building of the college was in total mess and decaying.  The principal looked to be a bookish person without any administrative qualities.  She did not seem to be interested in her job just makes trips from city to the village to receive a good salary.  Such is the motive of our national workforce. Teaching arts and science subjects in rural colleges is nothing but sheer waste of new brains and local talents.  Agriculture and Horticulture related subjects and skills based on areas geography should be taught in rural educational set-ups.  More emphasis should go on practical and field work than on theories imported from abroad.  We should provide skilled workers and producers. In a place like Daultala which was rich in fruit and vegetable farms, history should be repeated.  Old skills should be taught as new subjects with new demands. Fruit orchards and vegetable forming Flower farming Iron monger Leather tanning Shoe making pottery Weaving Tailoring For Girls First aid Nursing Mid wifely Family Planning Cooking, baking Food preservation The world has shrunk; there is a big demand for house related arts and produce.

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