I would like to discuss case of Sindh, a province that like spinal cord plays a major part in economical growth of the country. 72% of the total population of the country lives in rural areas and they are the major producers in Pakistan's economy through agriculture and other natural resources.
Sindh, once part of Bombay (now Mumbai in India) before the partition of sub-continent, became a part of the newly-born state of Pakistan. Education in Rural Sindh is at the stake and there is a desperate need for emergency measures. Primary education in Rural Sindh has been completely destroyed and the future of innocent children is at the stake. Elected representatives are silent on this very burning issue, which could drive next generation of Sindhis towards ignorance.
I read it in a book that 'there is a huge difference between a politician and a leader; politician is interested only in elections while a leader is identified for his love and sympathy for the coming generations. A leader is always worried about the bright future of his coming generations. Sindh and Pakistan need a leader but not politicians in any way.
Infrastructure of school buildings:
It is well quoted in a book I went through that 'failing to plan is planning to fail', so far the same thing has proved true for the Sindh government, which failed to plan well to get the result-oriented outputs from the education department. It is well said that an educational institute is the mother of other departments.
Wherever the mother wing fails, the results will be worst in the shape of socio-economical ills, which are prevalent in Sindh and the rest of Pakistan. A corrupt system of constructing the school buildings is being practised in the country. Wherever the mother wing fails, the results will be worst in the shape of socio-economical ills, which are prevalent in Sindh and the rest of Pakistan. I know one of my friends in Hyderabad who is a private contractor. When I asked him to share with me the truth about corruption in education works department, he said that they (administration) demand 22% of the total cost and then we cannot afford to construct buildings as per the designed engineering rules.
Recruitment policy of Administration Wing
Directors in education department are incapable of dealing with the education matters. They don't even bother to visit these schools, but yes waste their precious time by paying homage to politicians, who award them these key positions. Minister for Education completely lacks the expertise regarding the education. He has powers to take immediate actions for educational promotions in rural as well as urban government schools but he never felt the need to do such things because sincerity is a forgotten word.
Sindh Education Foundation has jumped to reform the rural education in Sindh but it too can't hide its lust for earnings. Administrators are dishonest and less powerful to take any action against the existing issues; it is only because of their recruitment based on the favoritism without following the merit rules.
Recruitment policies in teaching staff
Government of Sindh has appointed teachers, who are referred from the respective MNA, MPAs quota system which is a barbarous act, while on the other hand it has left a devastating impact on the most competitive candidates, who do not want to take any backdoor channel for the recruitment. Ineligibility of District officers can be noted from their behaviors towards the schools - both in rural and urban areas. They do not send their children to government schools because they know very well the system prevailing there.
Absenteeism in Teaching and Administration staff:
Irregularity and absenteeism in teaching staff is nothing new. It is unfortunately being followed in letter and spirit in government schools, killing the future of our next generation. Teachers in rural areas leave their school and go about finishing their private businesses and the lame excuses: their salaries are insufficient to meet their expenditures.
Prevalence of Unions
While unions across the world have led to reformation and revolutions, in Pakistan they have acted in a completely different way - they have become shelters and tools for absentee teaching and admin staff in Sindh education department.
In developing countries, lack of sense of responsiblity owing to less education, is the basic reason of their existing pathetic socio-economical conditions. Union leaders only look for their self interests without caring a dime about the deficiencies in the education department.