KARKI: Education plays a variety of significant roles for the development and advancement of a country. An educated nation can step forward towards prosperity and peace. Today those nations have progressed whose citizens were knowledgeable and skilled workers. The education system of Pakistan poses many challenges which include shortage of teachers, excessive absenteeism, lack of basic facilities like textbooks, modern methods of teaching, modern curriculum and lack of a conducive and friendly environment. Ghost teachers are another issue because there are many teachers who do not attend their classes rather they sit at home or start secondary businesses while receiving monthly salaries. Literacy rate in the country is low, about 60 per cent. Besides this, one of the most common issues being faced is old methods of teaching that has not been changed since independence. According to reports, no Pakistani university is among the top 600 universities in term of research; in 2017, the World Intellectual Property Organisation received only 193 patent applications but unfortunately 10 were considered eligible for grant of patent. Pakistani educational institutions should take measures for the betterment of the education system in the country and bring improvements in the shape of modern techniques, especially in primary education. The authorities should select skilful teachers with modern training because education is a significant area. If it is ignored then it would be very difficult for the nation to move towards development and progress.
We have long neglected education. We have not treated it as a priority. Now is the time to pay attention to this significant issue. We should have a system that promotes both science and culture. We see now our education system only promotes the will to power with this ism and that ism.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2019.
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