Pakistan and Education

Whenever I turn the cover of official text books a patriotic picture of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of the state of Pakistan, eyes me as if asking a question whether I am getting education as a duty or just working hard for degree with good grades.

Parallel to this is the saying of Quaid e Azam

“Education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan. The world is progressing so rapidly that without requisite advance in education, not only shall we be left behind others but may be wiped out altogether.”

Most of students in our country do not get education to enhance their knowledge rather they term it as an effort to get good marks and grades and moving to the best universities. This is because of our educational policies implemented in the country.

The purpose of education is acquiring knowledge, developing the ability of reasoning and judgment and generally of preparing oneself intellectually sound. But in our case the sole purpose of education is the degree. There is no need of describing the examination system because everyone is very well aware of it- best crammer gets the best marks.

Every one of us has witnessed long queues of students in the educational board offices with the request form of rechecking their papers; which is an evident proof that they do not have trust on the paper checking system and its staff.

In many cases they find that either their correct questions have been marked incorrect or have been crossed because they have not been well crammed from the official textbooks.

“An Education isn’t how much you have committed to your memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t know” (Aristotle France)

The current situation calls us to turn over a new leaf in our educational policy and divert the intentions of the students in getting education. They must acquire knowledge from the books other than the official textbooks. The real obstacle in this is that they have been forced into course studies. After coming back from school or academies they have to attend the academies, which is another dilemma of education system. Why the students need to attend the academies after spending a whole day at schools and colleges is the real question mark on the education system. The reason is that a majority of teachers who do not bring forth their best efforts in schools and colleges than in academies. This academy culture has damaged our education system badly which needs to be addressed on emergency basis.

All we need is to steer our students towards getting purposeful education and the government should make new policies compatible to the modern world!

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