Girls education is important for the development of a civilized society. If half of the population in a country is left uneducated that country cannot progress or prosper. In Pakistan the overall education in general, and girls education in particular, remains neglected. The lawmakers and policymakers talk about education, but when the time comes for the budget it is below everything else.
The rulers and officials always pay lip service to the cause of education but in practical terms they, with rare exception, have failed to build a viable educational infrastructure. The teachers also cannot be absolved from their share of blame. At present hundreds of girls schools remain closed and majority of females living in remote areas have no access to education. Apart from access, the quality of education is another issue; in so-called ‘functional schools’ majority of the female teachers hardly take trouble to teach, and those who teach are poorly educated or trained themselves. Due to parents and society’s traditional opposition to the girls education, the enrolment is low.
There is urgent need, on the part of civil society and government, to wake up to the appalling state of the girls education. At present a large number of women have reached assemblies and a number of females have succeed in getting employment in government, non-governmental and private sector. They can be torchbearers and campaigners for girls education.
The contribution of the civil society organisations in promotion of girls education is praiseworthy but their contribution is on a very small scale. Ultimately it is the state that can and must meet its constitutional obligation of providing basic necessities and rights to their denizens including inherent right to girls to have access to quality education.
GULSHER PANHWER,
Johi, October 04.