The following issue isn’t just isolated to Pakistan but many of the developing and underdeveloped countries face it. The widely implemented school curriculum which targets the majority of the population, eventually shapes that country’s future.
The main problem with the curriculum that is being followed in Pakistani schools is that it lacks innovation and creativity. Due to the extremely poor standard of the government schools most people tend to go for private schools which are governed by private organizations, following different global curricula. Probing deep into the actual problems with the Pakistan's education system, I feel that it is super “rigid” and doesn’t support intellectual curiosity rather suppresses it. From primary level to higher secondary level, the format and structure is dull and lacks diversity. The success in this system often lies with the student who is better at rote learning and can scan the whole text book without missing a single word, as the exams often test the same thing that’s written in the textbook without even changing the terminology. This results in the narrow mindedness of the student and causes him or her to be deficient of their own analytical and intellectual expression. Now there are many good private schools that also follow this government curriculum and usually give the students a chance to choose between the two, that is the international curriculum or the local one, this is done because the universities and higher education institutions of Pakistan, like the Medical schools, engineering schools and big public universities favor the local system and give it the highest priority, so many students are forced to choose it, who aim to secure a place in a public university in the future. What they don’t realize is that the curriculum that they’re getting exposed to is nowhere near the global standard and eventually makes them self-absorbed and globally isolated.
There is a huge divide in the society, the people of high socioeconomic status go for the private schools and those of low socioeconomic backgrounds go for the government schools as they’re almost tuition free. Now this gap is proving to be vicious in the long run as the graduates of the local system, lack the critical thinking skills that are required to succeed in this highly advance age. It would be no exaggeration if I say that majority of these students often settle for jobs that are way less than what their qualification level should be getting them. This is indeed a very sad and harsh reality and is causing disharmony and disunity among the people as the unemployment rate has increased to a whole new level.
Lack of political will to solve this issue is evident and no governmental organization is actually taking the steps required to solve this crisis.
I am currently working in my own way through my organization Dreamers, to highlight the importance of a redesigned system. I arrange workshops and leadership training sessions to inspire these students to take big steps for their future. I try to make them aware of their role as global citizens and their responsibility as future leaders to really be capable enough to take on the global issues.
A lot needs to be done, and we need to design our education system keeping in mind the complexity of the future challenges.
I would like to hear from you guys regarding the steps that should be taken to create batter curriculum and an overall education system. I’d like to know about your experiences with the education system of your country, and what are the main issues with it?