Prime Minister Imran Khan in his first address to the nation on the national television said that he would improve the quality of education in public schools. He was candid in admitting the bleak picture of the public schools across Punjab and other provinces, saying that the middle-class families have to spend a great deal of money to send their children to private schools as no one is prepared to get their children admitted in public schools.
Yes, our prime minister is right, public schools offer anything but learning. Similarly, the World Economic Forum ranked Pakistan at 125th, out of 130 countries, in a list of availability of top-quality education. This indicates how pathetic our country’s education system and how badly it requires attention.
Since the current public education system in Pakistan is unable to provide top quality education to a large population, while unreasonably exorbitant “burger schools” are exceptionally expensive for
Parents prefer to send their child to private schools as such schools ensure small class sizes, the availability of basic necessities (like water, furniture, toilets), safety and security, cleanliness and student exposures etc. However, the thing one needs to ponder upon is; does studying in a private school ensure that a student is acquiring
Our premier educational institutes demand grades. Hence, these grades act as gatekeepers and are the only evidence to certify the capabilities of a student. Ultimately, these grades increase the market value of a school as parents prefer to send their children to those schools, the students of which have achieved
In some cases, schools try to impress parents
Observing teachers in different low-income private schools, I could only see mini classrooms and narrow-corridors with lack of displays and no space for students’ co-curricular activities. The irony is not only associated with the physical infrastructure of the schools, there are other major issues that impede students from attaining
Foremost, teachers are not equipped with the modern teaching strategies. This happens because most of the teachers are hired based on their content knowledge, with the lowest salary demand. In most of the
I am not blaming teachers for their incompetency in classroom teaching, rather its schools’ and government’s responsibility to build their professional capacities. Firstly, all schools should develop a systematic mechanism to hire teachers meeting their standards. Once they are hired, the school must keep them under adequate supervision to reduce the initial shortcomings. Secondly, teachers’ salaries should be handsome. When a teacher’s pay is even lower than a
When inquired about the teachers’ capacity building, one of the principals of private schools
Teachers of these low-cost private schools are motivated and inclined towards polishing their teaching skills. However, they have their genuine concerns
Of course, the professional development institutes require resources and necessitate a lot of monetary values; and for that
With the minimal income and facilities, the low-cost private schools’ teachers try their best to provide basic education. However, if they are given an opportunity to polish their skills they will surely add efforts in improving classroom teaching to ensure a quality education.
It is a hope from the current government would take necessary measures not only to raise the standards of public