Few years ago, in my neighbor there was a bungalow and no one was living there after some time a family came and started living there after investigation I found that they were hired by the owner of the bungalow to protect his property from any illegal ownership. The total numbers of members in the family were 5 and they were husband and wife, two boys and a little girl. The family belongs to the rural area of Sindh and they were very poor. The husband who was the only breadwinner of the family was working in a private school as a peon and both the boys were too young to work anywhere. Both the husband and wife were very interested in educating their children but due to their financial issues they were unable to educate them. Both of them wanted their children to study in a private school not in government one because when I was talking to them I came to know that they were very well aware of the low standards of public schools. I also came to know that he requested in the private school where he was working regarding the admission and concession in the fees but they rejected his request saying that it is against their policy.
From the above I just want to highlight that a person who belongs to the rural area of Sindh and is from a very poor background is not preferring government school for his children ,with the help of this we can clearly judge the standards and the differences in the education system of Pakistan. It is a very common issue in Pakistan that if a person belongs to a poor neighborhood or minority than there are huge possibilities that the school in which he or she is studying may lack the most basic facilities.
The case which I have mentioned above is not the only one apart from this I have seen many other cases in which people who belong to a poor background are interested in giving best education to their children but due to the low standards of the government schools they step back because they know that if they send their children to government school they will learn nothing except wasting their time and as they are unable to afford the private schools they force their children to work at such places which they don t deserve and due to which child labour also increases.
I also asked many people who can afford quality education that why those people who belong to a poor background do not educate their children the answer I get was that “If they educate their children then how will they make money” but it is not true as I have mentioned above and seen many cases in which parents are very interested in educating their children and want to give them a good quality education but due to many barriers they are unable to educate them.
A part from poverty there are many other issues and differences in the education system of Pakistan some of them are regional disparities, above all is the difference in the syllabus and curricula there is a big difference in the syllabus and curricula of the government schools as compared to the private and it has been seen that there is a continuous increase in the number of private schools in Pakistan from the past two decades which increased the problems for the underprivileged one’s as they cannot afford the fees of the private schools and no one is paying attention towards increasing the standards of the public schools.
These all above mention issues have contributed in educational disparities in Pakistan. Few solutions to overcome such issues would be
- Implementation of the best national policy for the education system of Pakistan.
- Uniformity in the curriculum should be developed so that the equal rights should be available for the underprivileged one’s
- Development of the public schools near village population for ease in accessibility.
- Introduction of technical and digital training systems and allocation of extra funds for this purpose so that the underprivileged one’s could step up with the modern world.
- Above all corruption in the education system of Pakistan is at its peak, to eradicate corruption from the system there is a need for a proper control and audit system and hiring of honest people is very important or nothing will be change.
In the end, I would just like to say that government should pay attention towards this issue and increase the standards of government schools and make education accessible and affordable for each and every person.