Education is the backbone of any society. The state is at the top of the list of main stakeholders but it seems that education has never been a priority for our state. When education has been declared as a fundamental basic right then what are the impediments in the way of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? Unfortunately, in our country, 25 million school-going children are not attending school. Some 12 million are subjected to child labour. It is ironic that no educational policy has completely been implemented. The main aim of our educational system is to make the child a good human being and a useful citizen of society but, after getting an education, the child neither becomes a good human being nor a useful citizen.
When parents spend money on education and know that the child might not be successful in getting a job then why should they send their children to school? In our country, education has been considered a business and has paved the way for a dual educational system, one for the elite and one for the poor classes. The students of government institutions cannot compete with elite school students. Statistics show that Pakistan’s expenditure on education is the second lowest in South Asia. The main cause of this deterioration can be counted as the involvement of politics in the appointment, transfer, promotion and deputation of teachers and the construction of need-based school buildings. The dearth of facilities such as buildings, furniture, equipment and books has been observed in most schools due to mismanagement of the allocation of budget. Examination boards are selling fake degrees. The main cause of the high dropout rate in schools is the behaviour of the teachers and the methodology adopted by them. Our teachers are still using old teaching methods. There is a prompt need to take action to save the future of our generation by taking revolutionary steps to improve our education system or it will be too late.
FAYYAZ HUSSAIN,
Via e-mail, November 1.