Education being a major problem in third world countries, the progress made by Pakistan in the province of Punjab is laudable. Shahbaz Shareef the chief minister of Punjab has taken the issue serious and putting spatial efforts to reform the Education sector- through building better infrastructure and inhibiting better regulatory policies.
Due to the ineffectiveness of Government schools Punjab government introduced a new scheme; outsourcing public institutions to private entrepreneurs. In April 2016, as part of its latest scheme, private providers took over the running of 1,000 of the government’s primary schools. Today the number is 4,300. By the end of this year, Mr Sharif has decreed, it will be 10,000.
The main reason of decline in Education sector of Pakistan remained terrorism for a good deal of time, in the recent past. During this period it was really a big challenge to bring tangible Educational-reforms. When compared with other provinces the pace with which Punjab Government is progressing is commendable.
Poverty plays an important role in stopping children from getting education ultimately deteriorates the standard and quality of education in Pakistan. But besides poverty unavailability of teachers in schools has also been a proven reason for the lack of education among growing children particularly in rural areas of Pakistan.
The wide gap between boys and girls who are enrolled in schools can be understood as the apprehension of terrorist attacks targeting educational institutions. According to a research Pakistan stands in the second position after Afghanistan where a great number of Girls are prohibited from going to schools. However, those going to school are not getting the quality education. As reports suggest that in rural Pakistan just over two-fifths of third-grade students, typically aged 8 or 9, have enough grasp of arithmetic to subtract 25 from 54.
The strategy of privatizing Education has for now appeared to be a successful move but it would be too early to suggest this strategy for other third world countries. It has yet be seen to witness either it has positive impacts in the long term or not.
MediaBites Editorial: Mudabbir Ali & Imran Malik