When you are a product of malfunctioning machine

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/03/march/mb/the-book-thumb.JPG“Karachi: The HEC has initiated a Plagiarism Detection Cell that will monitor all the PhD theses and research publication by checking them against the international literature.” & It intends to use a quality software which will compare materials against the existing international literature. Read more

Is it another money wasting adventure as we always hear “chor chori se jaai heyra pheyri se na jaai” & ironically it turns out to be true mostly?. A recent phenomenon of copy pasting by educated has added an additional star on our full-of-stars profile of education sector. Being always innocently interested in short-cut formula our students were bound to go down even further from the basic purpose of taleem-o-tarbiyat with internet invading upper & middle class houses.

Steps like these taken a higher level mean nothing when the system has already made him an intellectual thief, unknowingly. In Sid’s topic “Town Of Literate People” stats on standard, not number of heads should be meaningful & the beggar in that story proved this point.The issue is definitely not new but the irony is a student (innocently frankly) doesn’t even know he is stealing.

So what would you do if after 16 years you realize that you are a product of a malfunctioning machine ?

Its hard to change by now. It takes hard work to mold oneself in a method that is based upon learning in real sense while you now realize you never touched that real sense. Too late to change yourself now. Will you consider yourself responsible or the system around you ?

A typical a student is molded gradually to opt a learning method that is not only rotten but is bound to either make a memory chip only accumulating data with out knowing how to use it or a robot capable of doing anything but without any data & any shortcomings have now fulfilled by tuition centers. Isn’t this the naked truth?

Currently our education system functions in a cruel way. It makes sure it (1) destroy your hunger for knowledge, courtesy rotten notes (2) you loose the power to use intellect, courtesy examination system (3) to question, thanks to “highly qualified & sincere teachers” (4) not let you decide interest, courtesy parents & admission system (5) result in career that is more about market, salary, unfulfilled ambitions rather knowledge, choice & productivity. Current state of education is a perfect proof of above 5.

The first need is for grass root changes. When one is accustomed (& ironically rewarded all life) to opt shortcuts it becomes next to impossible have him quit this nature later (for PhD in this case). Only then the above steps at upper level will bear fruit & hopefully be productive.

The need is the put the right seed in soil at right place & nourished in right way rather trying to stabilize a falling tree else we should accept that our institutes are just malfunctioning machines churning out intellectual thieves.

(image :aliraza)

7 Comments so far

  1. Xono (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    Xono fails to understand as to why irrelevant topics are posted at Metroblogging Karachi.


  2. Zahida (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

    I totally agree with you,we need to have some major changes in order to improve our education system. But frankly don’t you think before we do these changes first we ought to provide education to all and most important is the equal education to all classes of our society.

    Currently hardly 20% is the real literacy rate, that too includes a majority of sub-standard up bringing in education. Those whoa are getting some form of quality are only the ELITES in Clifton & defense all others are getting crap.

    Visit any just any 10 schools and hardly 1 of them is providing real education.

    What is the most sad part is the education is no more education now its simple BUSINESS. And that tell you the whole story.


  3. Zahida (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 8:44 pm

    @xono
    YOu have a problem or what ?
    Education and Karachi are irrelevant ?


  4. all-i-do-is-bitch (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

    As always, MB is right. He has very constructive ideas. From day one, the education system was designed with the sole purpose of destroying the nation.

    Any efforts to improve the current system should be shot down and criticized to no end! I say we should burn all the universities and the government offices involved in the administration of our institutions!


  5. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

    Great post MB (XONO has clearly X-oned Out!).

    The whole system is curropt. Everyone wants a shortcut. Those who do want to learn get a “Tumhe mujh se ziada pata hai kya? Mein xx saal se parha raha houn”. Even if you were right, or just curious you get screwed & thought to be a trouble maker.

    However if you do ‘chaploosi’ (Suck up), you’re all set!. Infact teachers themselves give you shorcuts, (Not to mention that the only way one passes a KU Viva (Oral test) is by paying the professor, warna you get a Suppli (i.e. repeat the entire year!)).

    You’re dead on that change needs to be done on grass roots/Pre-School years. We need to take a concious effort to train our kids to judge whats right and whats wrong. A fill in the blank education is just that – Fill in the blank.

    The good news is that there are ppl who have opened up Monteseris (sp?) of a good standard & are doing there part, hopefully when these kids continue on a right path as they progress through the grades, not just carry 40kg school bags!.

    As for Plagirism detection, just compare what the student has written with Google Books, a lot of teachers i know are doing it & it seems to be very effective. + free of cost!.


  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    XONO is education not relevent or is karachi not relevent in topic ??

    I agree on the issue, the total education system is in chaos.

    Back when i was at school we were compelled to write answers as per our english understanding and selection of vocabulary and teachers used to mark out those who used to copy answers from BOOKS and that was considered negative.

    We were asked to visit library, and read books.

    NOW these days The basic issue or the problem is not with the student, no sir.

    IT is “IS OUR” present day teachers at schools really TEACHERS ?? or they are the product of ‘copying’ culture who have no idea of anything outside the book, and whats really VALID and INVALID in terms of scope of education.,

    Any answers which parents try to help a child explore and to pharse in different words then a book, goes bouncing over the heads of teachers, they NEGATE and reprimand the student for going out of book.

    Its a tragedy even my very own brother is copy paste master and “maaa-zoor” if computer is not available.

    I regretfully accept that his hand writing is as bad as any toddler having a pencil scratching on walls, his writing skills are ZERO., he cannot prepare a 2 line business regret letter mentioning reason for not being in the seminar.

    His vocabulary is ZERO, he cannot spell a word ‘ intimidation’ let alone knowing the meaning of it, he is handicapped to computers and YET he finished his MBA with GPA 3.7 last year. and employed at a foreign bank. The stupid who hired him is alumni from his institute.

    The only thing he is Good at is using terminologies for spellings of which he sometimes need his Franklin / Lincoln PDA.

    SYSTEM NEED MAJOR SURGERY – HEC would fail like NAB Failed if system is not surgically corrected and put on Rehabilitation.

    Bravo – Bavaria by SONY


  7. MB (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

    That was one brave honest confession JAMAL

    So lets be honest : A teacher in my university used to ask students to prepare his PhD thesis by copy pasting from different sources.

    To readers utter shock that teacher is now the head of department of another university.

    So much for the “high quality software” HEC intends to develop.



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