It is an oft-repeated maxim that ‘education is the panacea for all ills of society’ and an educated nation is a progressive and successful nation. Education inculcates in us a sense of responsibility, honesty, integrity and decency and teaches that human values are above race, religion and creed.
However, having said that one must bear in mind that those imparting education to our future generation must be above board themselves and carry out their work with diligence and integrity. Alas that is not the case as corruption and greed are endemic in this part of the world and have seeped into the hallowed halls of our education system.
A glaring case in point is the recent scandal that has rocked the Sindh Education and Literacy Department as per an elaborated and concise report compiled by the IBA Sukkur campus. According to the report,massive monetary corruption was detected in the Education Management Information System (EMIS) project initiated by the Sindh Education and Literacy Department.
The project was designed to introduce customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence (BI), in the Education and Literacy Department in accordance with technological advances. Stakeholders, however, were never taken onboard. The Sindh Education and Literacy Department had initiated the EMIS project with Rs3.89 billion in 2014.
The project was designed to offer an effective information system for the entire department. The project was to be completed in two phases (2014-2015 and 2016-2017). The first phase was initiated with nearly Rs500 million funding.
It would be needless to list the faults of the project or to go into the technical details but it goes without saying, that millions were siphoned off to line the pockets of higher-ups and if we fail to keep up with the latest technology and not teach the future generation about digital technology we will lag behind in education also.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2019.
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