Bitter Realities of Educational System in the Punjab, Pakistan

If you want to discuss education of any part of the world, you can discuss it under following headings.

1- Students and their parents
2- Teachers
3- Administration
4- Management
5- Infrastructure


                  Let's first talk about students and their parents. Due to bad image of public sector schools, everyone in the Punjab who have minimum economical capacity and concern about their children' s education, send them to private schools. Rest of them who have not much concern about their children' s education due to bad economical conditions (which is best described in "Maslow' s Hierarchy of Needs") send them to public schools. Such students have very poor education, language, behavior and  health facilities and environment at home. So, with such clientage, it is impractical to gauze their and their teachers' s performance on the same parameters which we use for private schools where everything is almost ideal. Moreover, if even a single student is increased in a class strength of forty, it becomes another challenge for the teacher, particularly with such unfavourable family background of the students.


                    As far as the teachers are concerned, the equilibrium is shifting. The number of highly qualified teachers is more than less qualified teachers now. As they are well educated, they know their prestige and also care for it. But they are working under pressure due to the traditional and discouraging attitude of the educational managers. They not only teach the students but they also have to cope with the uneducated parents of the students who also need social training. Education managers instead of supporting, develop extra pressure on them due to their own inability and vision less approach.


                                 Administration take their decisions without involving the main stakeholders who are teachers. It is because they negotiate with union leaders who alone are not supposed to be true face and representative of the teachers. So, administration needs to be contact with the teachers who teach in the classroom. Without spending time in the school for at least two or three days, no one can not assess the problems in the school. Opinions of journalists, singers and actors (any layman) should not guide the decisions of educational administrators because it is a very complex subject and only qualified educational professionals can deal with it.


Most educational managers are not well trained according to the 21st century's needs. Even they don't have will to change themselves. So, how we can expect from them to change other's mind. They don't know the benefits of teamwork, rather they rely on authoritative style of management only. They needs to be shuffled with the completely new staff.


This factor cannot affect much if all the above factors can be addressed properly. Moreover this area is improving day by day. Because where dedicated and motivated managers are available, those institutions are facing problems related to this factor.  Because they are using the funds properly, wisely and honestly.