Our education system has not undergone any change with changes brought about by political Independence. It bears no reminiscence of freedom and appears as listless as it is used to be during the days of slavery.
According to the Human Development report Pakistan is placed at the 136th position of having just 49.5% educated population. In addition to that, Pakistan is ranked at 113th out of 120 UN members according to the research done by UNESCO. Major flaws of the education system of Pakistan have contributed vividly to an ever increasing austerity in Pakistan.
Our literacy rate is said to be about 56%; In fact this figure is not reliable it’s a mirage and also includes those who can only write their names. Surprisingly, with the rows of educational plans, policy conference and five year plan our literacy could not increase. Our literacy rate is stagnant mainly because of the illiterate women population which makes up half of the population
The first and the foremost flaw, in Pakistani education is that it is based on unequal lines. Medium of education is different in private and public sectors which create a sense of discrimination among people. Such a distraught is a basic doctrine that aggravates ill literacy in Pakistan
Another, major contributor to this worst situation is the regional disparity. The schools in Baluchistan the largest province by area are below standard as that of Punjab the largest province of Pakistan by population. Moreover, in FATA the literacy rate is deplorable constituting 29.5 % in males and 3 % in females.
One of the other impediments, in Pakistani Education is that, teachers are not well qualified. Teachers here are not being properly trained. There is no such concept of training in Pakistan. How would they be able to educate a child? When they themselves are not being trained. Training centers should be built in all areas especially in rural areas.
Finally, poverty is also one of the greatest hindrances that deter parents to send their child to school or private university. Since they are not affluent so they are forced to send their child in Maddarssah where education is free. The government has to modify its financial infrastructure, education loans should not be based on interest; they should be made interest free, they should be made easily accessible to a common man
In today’s world the benchmark for excellence is education. Moreover, if a country has a distraught academic infrastructure than it is bound to fall prey to poverty, unemployment and economic turmoil. The illiteracy rate in Pakistan is alarmingly high and it calls for modification and education friendly policies. Lack of education standard in Pakistan is the root cause of all the problems. The federal and provincial governments need to work in harmony in order to overcome the flaws in Pakistani Education. By – S.M.MUJTABA