KAHUTA: Co-education has many advantages in this age of fast learning. In our country, however, there are numerous opponents of co-education. Those who support it contend that in a poor country like Pakistan, it solves the problems of shortage of schools, colleges and competent teaching staff. Such an atmosphere also encourages healthy competition between boys and girls, while helping equalise the quality of education they receive. It also helps young boys and girls socialise with each other. Today, the job market in Pakistan, in fact, all over the word is hardly segregated, so there is no reason why our education system should be divided along lines of gender.
Those who oppose co-education feel that this system is against our traditions. They fear that it will lead to the development of immoral relationships between boys and girls and they will get spoilt. Also, such distractions will prevent young boys and girls from focusing on their studies.
Prejudice apart, there is the need for cool and calculated considerations when dealing with the question of co-education. The world is changing fast and women are being given equal status with men in society. Let us, therefore, accept this system of education and be on the same wavelength with the rest of the world.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2014.