Pakistan has been in existence for 70 years,but unfortunately we cannot have a single system of education in the country.
All political leaders mention the importance and benefits of education and that the nation cannot prosper without education.They also claim that education will be their primary priority when their party gains power and that they will ensure that a single system of education is available to the masses regardless of their status in society.Unfortunately, the governments end up finishing their term and reforms to the education system remain forgotten.
Looking at the leaders of the past, the British rulers set the law of classical education in the region – the methods which we cannot free ourselves from today as the same system continues.
Perhaps the intentions and thoughts of our rulers are not good.
They do not want poor children to study in the same institution where their own and other elite class children study. This intention and thought has been advocating, rather than ending, the class system education for seventy years.
There are three types of systems of education in Pakistan at present. One is the education system that we inherited from the British rulers, where only the British children were educated and in which a convicted nation’s child could not even imagine getting education. Even today our governors and investors have continued to maintain the same, in which elite class children are educated.
The other is the one that is owned by the same elite class. In this education system, the middle class children are educated in institutions owned by the elite class that is simply looking to make money rather than having their primary focus on imparting knowledge to the younger generation of the country.
Remember that in the previous government, ANP and PPP legislated to control the welfare of private educational institutions, but it had to kneel in front of capitalism. The third system is known as “government schools”. How strange is it that the the children of government employees do not study in these schools!
The poor performance of the system and the quality of the standard can be gauged by the fact that children of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa school teachers, principals, directors, director’s education and secretary education are all educated in private educational institutions. There are millions of staff in these schools who are taking billions of rupees in monthly salaries and privileges, but these schools have failed to restore public trust.
Last year, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly took steps to withdraw private educational institutions despite the concerns and reservations of the Regulatory Authority Bill 2017 private educational institutions.
According to the Bill, the chairman of the regulatory authority will be the provincial education minister and with this other members will be Secretary Education, Secretary Stabilization, Secretary of Finance, and Director of education department, four representatives from private schools, three parent representatives and two education specialists apart from the MD. The authority will monitor registration, curriculum and policies of private schools. Apart from this, fees will be set up based on classification of class (classroom system), teachers’ training and liability to fee authority.No school will be allowed to increase more than ten percent annually. Committees will be set up to monitor all the processes.
If the contents of the bill are viewed in detail, it will lead to further promotion rather than bringing an end to the class system. This means that classification of schools will be considered as a star, four and five star hotels. This is a kind sporting game with education. If the government really wants to eliminate class-based education, then private and public schools should implement the similar curriculum.