Sorry state of education

Letter June 12, 2024


The declining state of the educational system in Pakistan is worrisome. It is crucial to address the pressing issues that are hindering the development and progress of our education sector.

One of the most glaring problems plaguing our educational system is the lack of access to quality education for a significant portion of our population. Despite efforts to increase enrollment rates, an extremely large number of children, especially those in rural areas and from marginalised communities, still do not have access to schools or proper educational facilities. This disparity in access perpetuates social and economic inequalities, depriving countless young minds of the opportunity to fulfil their potential and contribute meaningfully to society.

Also, the curriculum in many schools fails to adequately prepare students for the challenges of the modern world. It often lacks relevance, creativity and critical thinking components, focusing more on rote memorisation rather than fostering a deep understanding of concepts and principles.

It is imperative for all of us to come together to address these issues and work towards meaningful reforms in our educational system. This includes investing in infrastructure, recruiting and training qualified teachers, updating the curriculum to meet the needs of the 21st century and ensuring equitable access to education for all.

I urge policymakers, educators and stakeholders at all levels to prioritise education as a fundamental human right and a cornerstone of our nation’s development. Only through collective action and sustained commitment can we hope to build a brighter future for the children of Pakistan.