“Basic Flaws in Our Education System” by Saqib Tanveer (2013- Mining)
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)
Education is defined as “the process of facilitating learning” which means providing ways and environment for a better learning. Article 13 of the United Nations’ 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognizes the right of everyone to education. It is the biggest weapon in the arsenal for anyone who wants to strive and thrive in this competitive world.
Education is the key to a nation’s progress. If we look at the history of the world, we can easily acknowledge that every super power who came into being, whether it was Greeks or Romans, Muslims or the Western World, they all owe their progress, world supremacy and total domination to their scholars and literate people.
Pakistan is one of the youngest states of the world and is trying way too hard to join the ranks of progressive nations. This can only happen when we educate our masses and that’s why we have taken special steps for the betterment of our education system. But the question is, are these steps actually working?
Our education system consists of six levels; from pre-primary to graduation which is full of futile things. Our education system lacks equity, suffers from regional disparity, gender discrimination and the list of problems continue to grow. But the top of the list problem is the pathetic quality of education given in our institutes. To eradicate these problems, we should start from the very beginning as Abraham Lincoln said:
“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”
In our country, from the get-go, children are not encouraged to learn, rather education is imposed on them. Though 17.6% children of our country have to support their families, the remnants are also in an obnoxious state where they live their lives in paranoia. They are not urged to show creativity or go into the depth of things and are just restricted to cramming and spoon-feeding. They later join some alluring or renowned fields which are totally opposite to their aptitude due to lack of guidance or family pressure. Their aims are confined to score good grades by any means possible, which sometimes include illegal paths as well. Then, due to so many loopholes in our evaluation system, they succeed in getting higher grades. Later, pecuniary taste is developed in them which leads to the devastation of the nation.
In order to rise as a nation, we should improve our education system because even if the roots of education are bitter, the fruit is always sweet. We should urge children to choose their fields according to their aptitude. We should promote practical study in our institutes and give innovative and educated minds the opportunities to use creative ideas because; “Great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” (Herbert Spencer)