The near death of our Education

If it (Sindh) continued opposing the composite exams, the federal as well as rest of the provincial education departments would not recognize its matriculation certificate.

These remarks have angered many in Sindh particularly Karachi. That we are sliding down in education over the years & practically have now reached near death is a fact many can observe. The fight over whether IX & X should have composite exams is again in news. In my personal opinion, from whatever I have gathered the students are absolutely no way in a position to prepare for the composite paper, giving the sate of our teaching methodology. And Sindh governor today has conveyed a similar message (& Also) to education minister Mr. Javaid Ashraf Qazi whose comment that Quran-e-Paak has 40 paraah’s has got him into trouble all over the country and has exposed Musharraf’s selection of competent people. Urdu blog has called him Jahil “. Ironically this man used to be at the top slot in ISI. This man has come to ruin the education department after escaping Railway ministry once Mushy realized that he is becoming too heavy for the poor railway & has left it in dilapidated condition. His vision and involvement in corruption has been questioned by everyone. Having full support of Musharraf is keeping him safe.

The declining standard of our education has been highlighted time & again all over the country, especially by educationist & thinkers, even ordinary citizen’s & others concerned at different levels & in different ways. Amazingly & to our shame Karachi being the most advanced, at least comparatively, still faces the dilemma of lagging behind in standard when it comes to other education boards in basic education.

Mr. Mian Mohammad Nadeem has given a good observation on Urdu Blog about the state of education which Pervez Hoodbhoy once warned ( & famous Reforms! What Reforms? & Education Reforms ) long time ago & his comment “In my department, advertised as the best physics department in the country, the average PhD student has trouble with high-school level physics and even with reading English.” was nothing less than a death confession of education from his side. HEC instead of doing something on the ground could only manage a mere reply, instead of serious practical work. Later HB had to do a reminder.

The fact that things like IT boom, examination & PhD factories come quite later in our serious-surgery-needed education system were ignored time & again, all for clumsy approaches. Increasing the number of schools, colleges & universities mean nothing if numbers is what we intent to increase. As HB puts it, “Pakistan has almost a hundred universities now. Not one of them is world class. Truth be told, not even one of them is a real university, if by a university one means a community of scholars engaged in free inquiry and the creation of knowledge.” From here on I just have a repetition of what I said in “what is wrong with the schools in karachi? (6th down the road) “by Xill-e-Ilahi.

The govt. seriously needs to reform basics structure before launching college & university level initiatives. It also needs to own the responsibility of providing education which for the time being has been shifted to private sector which it is in its capacity is doing a great job but at a very high cost & at absolutely not an affordable price. Until that is done we shall be just short of few last pushes towards the death of education system.

11 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    Education in our country is in the throes of death, we should start offering fateha now.

  2. SWA (unregistered) on December 21st, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

    Makes you wonder how our country can even progress without proper education and why there is still such a lukewarm concern about this matter in the government.
    The whole matriculation curriculum needs to be thrown out the window and remade again cause the present one is too outdated and deficient. I hope somebody can solve the education dilemma being faced by Sindh once and for all.

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 2:14 am

    Qazi first made fortune in the railways and now wiping his hands off education’s … err.. hide. He is former chief of ISI and close associate of Mush. This could tell the sorry state of affairs and height of corruption in the country. This also tells how familiar how ‘statesmen’ are with the religion and its fundamentals.

  4. Alam (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 3:17 am

    Not knowin how many paras r in Quran, does not make u stupid or Jahil…it just shows u r not interested in this. You can be Eintaein without ever reading Quran or even not knowing how to pronounce it.

    I think MB, u r jahil urself.

  5. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    haha alam — thats a pretty interesting post

  6. MB (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    UrduBlog said it, i didn’t
    Please sapre sometime reading links properly so that you dont sound stupid.

  7. Captain's Log (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

    I myself did Federal board and took 10 exams together and I’d say that’s the way to go. We had enough time to finish all books in 2 years and at end it was not tough at all. I remember how much time we had to repeat the same topics again and again and we had no pressure of finshing all books within a limited time.

    Might be Ashraf Qazi is shi’ite. I have heard that some of them believe that there are 40 “siparas”. This is just a rumour and I have not verified it. If he being shi’ite thinks that way then we should tolerate it. Move on.

  8. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    Javaid Ashraf Qazi’s obsession with two years combined exam is incomprehensible. Many universities run semester system and there is no need to give a combined exam at the end of two, three years or even one year. Why can’t we do the same at the relatively insignificant school level

  9. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

    sheesh — there r some sectarian people here — he has already clarified in the press that it was a slip of the tongue — surely people have better things to do

  10. Adnan (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

    someone should redfine “slip of toungue” *grin*. As alam said, the “educated” minister would be least intrested to know about Koran thingie but being an ISI leader, he shouldnt have sounded stupid enough and should have done some homework about the basics of Islam. He repeated thrice that “there are 40 siprays” so it was not an innocent mistake at all.

  11. MB (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

    O really
    I didnot know that he repeated it thrice. I knew it was two times but three times is too much.

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