Education has alwasy been the top priority of every cicilized society. But unfortunately in our country it has been ignored. Only two precent of national income is spent on education. Government institutions are mostly on the decline. Buildings are old and need repair. Furniture and other facilities are almost non-existence. Teachers are low-paid and dissatusfied. Students lack drive and motivation. Syllabus is outdated and textbooks unattractive and unispiring. This is the sad story of education system.
We have government schools as well as private schools. Their textbooks and methods are altogether different. Then we have matriculation in some schools and 'O' levels in others. The curricula of the Federal and Provincial school are also different. We must bring uniformity in education system to promote national unity.
Private sectors has made educaion a profitable business. Right from the pre-school stage to the top levels, many educational insitutations are promoting snob-culture. Their main interest is making mony. These insititutions ignore that the basic aim of education is to help humanity. THey also forget through education an individual reaches the height of intellect and morality. They have the consideration of cose and benefit only.
The Western education system, on the contrary, aims at quality education. It infuses the traits of true learning through innovative and orignal tinking. Our system ignores quality and aims only at results. This is why we find a rat race among our students for top merit. They prepare themselves for this race right from the beginning. A primary school child carries a heavy and purposeless bag to school. It is a pity to see young children with enormous loads on their shoulders.
Our government has taken a few steps for the upgradation of our education system. It has formed Higher Education Commission (HEC) to lead the nation towards excellence in science and technology. Scholarships are being offered to scientist to work on new projects. Researches are being conducted in well-equipped laboratories. This is an attempt to promote science culture in Pakistan and it is hoped to pay back effectively.
No doubt, it is good but at the sametime we are ignoring a basic elements of education. It is not higher education that can bring the real reform but it is actually primary education that brings the desire results. We need to change the infrastructure of primary education. It plays a crucial role in the overall development of an individual. Quality primary education is regarded as foundation for social and economic progress. It is sorry to say that a considerable number of our children do not ave any access to primary schools even. Primary education must be improved and made compulsory.
For the improvements of our education system, we are required to pursure the following four points. Firstly, we should have a uniform education system. It will save us from the cultureof class system. Secondly, the process of education should be reformed ar the primary level. Thirdly, it must be target-oriented and purposeful. Fourthly, it must be compulsory up to the level of matriculation. At the sametime, it should be affordable. If we follow this agenda, we will surely become a different nation.