In the name of education…

Karachi, one of the densely populated cities of the world, for obvious reasons could not attain a literacy rate of even 90%.
According to a report there are 3,086 government schools having a teaching staff of 30,000 (ghost employees?)
Actions should have been taken long ago, but, as the say “better late than never”, finally the city nazim has announced 36 model schools for each town in the metropolis.
In the current financial year 18 model schools will be uplifted (whereas other 18 in next financial year) for which directives have been issued.
Let us, at least, hope for the best.

8 Comments so far

  1. MAQBOOL (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 10:31 am

    Thanks for keeping us in the U.S. informaed about the local happenings, 2 thumbs up for you.


  2. Ahsan Shamim (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    Lets see what happens to the all new model schools. I was bred in Islamabad in my early days, but have seen peelay, gulabi, neelay, haray schools in karachi which were experimented and failed.

    Somedays back my father told me education is free in sindh TOO in the govt. schools (just like punjab. i used to think only my dear punjab is having this setup), but the headmasters in almost all schools regularly takes monthly, quarterly fees with no receipts. Thats sounds cool na. Corruption on grass root level.


  3. Ahsan Shamim (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    Lets see what happens to the all new model schools. I was bred in Islamabad in my early years, but have seen peelay, gulabi, neelay, haray schools in karachi which were experimented and failed.

    Somedays back my father told me education is free in sindh TOO in the govt. schools (just like punjab. i used to think only my dear punjab is having this setup), but the headmasters in almost all schools regularly takes monthly, quarterly fees with no receipts. Thats sounds cool na. Corruption on grass root level.


  4. turab (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    lets keep our fingers crossed for delivered words are different than delivered goods!


  5. fAr stAr (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

    the uplifting of the schools only structurally and financially will not serve the cause. the main problem is the lack of real education. most of the educated ppl r not litrate. government need to address this issue as well. education is not just teaching the chapters of the text book and testing who has the best memory to learn most part of it. the curriculum and the teaching practices needs to be changed as well. a common routine here is that when someone is not getting any proper job, he/she decides to teach either in a school or privately. teaching is always the last choice. this trend needs to be changed as well. childern needs specialist teachers to upbring/teach them not the last benchers.


  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    one thing seriously bothers me… on one hand they say govt can’t run anything properly so privatise every thing… so why not try it with education system too… why not make all these schools semi private institutions… offcourse govt should keep tab on the fee structure and all and subsidise it where as the management side is taken care by the private partner i mean for sure some thing productive can be work out if few smart brains sit together and think about it…


  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    i have seen the vdo of that garage school being run by Ms Shabina and her maid… govt can support and encourage these type of setup and get the involvement of individual like her(maid) so that they’re made collectively responsible for their childrens education… after all the maid doesn’t want her children to grow up and work as maid too. so she’ll make the effort for their betterment…


  8. SWA (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

    support TCF: http://www.thecitizensfoundation.org

    In the absence of proper govt. attention towards education, these guys are trying to make it happen for all the poor.



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