The involvement of politics is one of the factors behind the drastic condition of the education system in Sindh. Political leaders are involved in appointing the education ministers and the appointment of vice-chancellors of the universities. A common word is used as a GHOST teacher. It is a term used for all those teachers who are appointed on the source of political involvement and they don’t go to schools, never teach and just get salaries. There are many such teachers in the education and literacy department Sindh. Institutions working under the government, like Boards of Intermediate, are corrupt, they receive money from students in return for awarding A grades. Moreover, the government policies have a greater impact on the education system, like recently government hired JST and HST teachers. The government announced a policy that all those who have a B.ed degree are eligible to apply. Resultantly those who could just hardly clear the exam were appointed. Whereas, many graduates who have done 4 years of Bachelor’s degrees were not even allowed to sit in the exam. Again talent was suppressed and priorities were given to those who have done B.ED only. Even though they are not that much capable. If the government provides equal opportunities, more talented people may come and revolutionalize the weak educational system. They will make this system worthy of quality learning which in turn brightens the future for Sindh.
Technology has grabbed the world, everywhere the education system is getting better day-by-day but incase of Sindh it is worsening. There are lots of primary and higher secondary schools that are not functional since ages, there are some schools that are just in records but having no physical existence. The world is developing rapidly that they are modifying their labs with updated equipment and on the other hand, students lack basic facilities like proper building, furniture, and electricity in Sindh. It is quite difficult for poor students to survive in such a challenging environment.
Sated by UNICEF, Pakistan has the second-highest no of OOSC (out of school children), a total of 44% of children aging 5 to 16 are not attending the schools. Its total estimated number is 22.8 million. The scenario in Sindh is that 52 % of the poorest boys are out of schools and 58% of girls are out of schools.
Furthermore, one of the important factors is the lack of interest of parents in sending their children to school. Very few parents are interested to get their children educated. If asking the reason from them, they reply that “our children will just waste their time, many students never get jobs after graduation.” They say education gives nothing to them, which is wrong. This mentality needs to be changed. Education is not only for getting a job, it is to learn the art of learning and understanding issues at your own, and bring solutions that will create the jobs. It teaches us the difference between good and bad. The government should improve the educational system and then spread awareness in society.
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