According to Human Development Index 2018 – a landmark study by United Nations Development Programme; Pakistan stands 150 out of 189 countries – way back in comparison to its neighboring, developing and much poorer countries. Human development is one of the very important components for a country to pave the ways towards sustainability & progress. At the core of it lies “equal, accessible and quality education for everyone”, indeed a sad reality for Pakistan that still today nearly half i.e. 44% of children are out of schools and other half of in the school are part of a broken system where education quality level is near to zero.
Education system in Pakistan is a long debate expanded over ages of changing political paradigms. Despite of all the hues & cry, campaigning and social initiatives the quality of education has always been a question mark that in my believe is the only underlying factor that needs extensive fixing.
According to Annual Status of Education Report, 63% of grade 3 and 54% of grade 5 students struggle reading a simple headline in Urdu and it gets much worse when it comes to English. An alarming situation for us to ponder upon, as we are unable to provide a child’s basic right to “read”.
Call it private or government, call it rich O/A Levels school or peela Matric school, none of the high school systems has ever been able to deliver its one & only purpose which is “Fair & Quality Education & Knowledge”. But “Quality of Education” is just the tip of ice-berg, deep down there’s actually a widespread bigger problem that is “Poor Teachers”. Bad teaching is the major problem that has lead to the education crisis in Pakistan if it remains unsolved it could permanently damage more than half of Pakistan’s population that is below 18 years.
The problem starts with crooked human resource practices widely used in schools to exploit teachers instead of giving them a safe and well-earning environment. The quality of education depletes when the teacher doesn’t perform her/his job well. Our flawed school administration are not only robbing the parents but also creating hostility for teachers. Low pay grade, salary deductions, work burden, fear & depressive environment, unjustified teacher children ratio, no professional development opportunities and much more of such issues are faced by teachers every day. Human resources is entirely unavailable or act as a puppet of the finance department in schools setup that has only one policy to follow higher cheap talent and create a fearful and pressured environment so that everybody tamed and obedient.
This has promoted the idea that teaching can be opted as a job either to kill the time or earn few pennies for the time being but it could never be opted as in actual profession or career. In order to create a better school with quality education, it is now important to promote teaching as a full-time career-oriented job with secure and open-door environment following basic human resources practices and policy that secures a teacher’s future alongside school and student.