Rahim Yar Khan lacks inspiration for girls to perform extraordinarily in science and technology. No significant achievement could be made by women and girls that could instigate others for February 11, that is celebrated as ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’ all over the world. The purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the access of women and girls and their participation in science and technology.
On this day, contributions of women and girls in the field of science and technology are well highlighted and appreciated to encourage other females to come forward and play their role.Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
When we gaze upon education infrastructure of Rahim Yar Khan,gender equality looks like the most ignored area. The gap in boys and girls’ high schools is very huge. As per Annual School Census ASC 2016-17 out of 214 total high schools in district only 84 high schools are for girls. ASC also describes that 38% girls’ high schools are deprived of science labs.
Practical activities are a necessary part of education in developed countries, but in Pakistan science activities are first time introduced at secondary level as no science labs are available in primary and elementary schools.
Mr. Asif Sattar, an education activist, said that traditional teaching methods are just helping students to acquire good marks, but that is a result of cramming. He said quality education can only be achieved through practical knowledge of scientific concepts.
He shared that the PEC results of 5th and 8th class are proof of student’s poor performance in science and math subjects. As per PEC 2016 results, students of Rahim Yar Khan for 5thclass secured 49 and 56 marks in science and math subjects respectively, while 8th class students secured 50 and 49 marks in science and math subjects.
As per ASER District Directory Report 2, 2016 only 43% girls of age 5 to 16 can do two digit division while only 38% girls of this age can read an English sentence.
Mr. Farhan Amir, District Manager IdaraTaleem O Agahi, said government should implement emergency in education sector especially for girls’ education. He said without providing strong ground for quality education better scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians can’t be expected from existing educational set up.
“Without introducing inclusive learning from grade 1, better minds cannot be produced. Existing system only encourages cramming not better learning. Overhauling of teaching methods and techniques is only way to ensure better learning outcomes,” he added.