Improving education in Pakistan

How can Pakistani Education system be improved?
By Tahir Ali Khan

This can be done by taking the following steps.

A. Students related.

(Plato had said a child is like a plant, which if properly nurtured must necessarily grow into all virtue and if planted in alien soil becomes the most obnoxious of all seeds.)

Students must
1. Be regular and punctual.
2. be attentive to what is taught.
3. work hard.
4. Properly manage their time, avoid time bandits like tv/mobiles etc so as to be able to fully utilize their time for learning.
5. avoid staying absent from school.
6. be obedient and disciplined.
7. love learning.
8. Read extensively and intensively and take notes of what they read.
9. do/complete homework regularly.
10. respect teachers and rules of schools.
11. believe that hardwork does benefit ultimately.
12. Be ready to ask questions.
13. study atleast 4 hours a day at home.
14. stay aloof from politics, political organisations and political/religious movements.

B. Schools related.
Schools must

1. have a conducive atmosphere for learning.
2. have fully equipled computer and science labs.
3. have multimedia system for presentations.
4. have proper and regular system of parentsteacher coordination.
5. have an information system in place through mobile about absence of children from school.
6. have a regular system of encouragement of students and teachers through praise and rewards.
7. Arrange activitybased learning.
8. Provide sports facilities for physique of students.

C. Teachers related
Teachers must

1. be committed, full of motivation, sincere and hardworking.
2. Knowledgeable and noble.
3. own and love students and institutions.
4. make teaching interesting.
5. invlove students in learning.
6. be rolemodels in terms of discipline and good character.
7. Be hardworking, committed to duty and friendly towards students. This way they can totally transform a student’s life and remember that a dictatorial and unfriendly Teacher destroys the learning process.
8. Give Individual attention to weaker students.
9. Consider individual differences based on background, financial position, domestic conditions, extra support and knowledge of parents and deal students as needed.
10. be accessible to students via mobiles at home after school hours.
11. train and educate students on good paper presentation skills in exam.
12. Impart and instil a thirst and love of learning in their students.
13. arrange contests amongst students on regular basis. Competition brings about excellence.
14. Give work assignments to students both for home and at school.
15. Prepare lecture notes for students.
D. Parents related.
Parents should
1. Love and support their children.
2. Monitor and Guide them but avoid overloading them.
3. Ensure pleasant and peaceful environment at home.
5. Give them balance diet and take care of their physique.
6. Regularly visit schools and remain in constant contact with their teachers and admins.
7. Ensure that they study atleast three to four hours a day at home.
8. Ensure their children’s regularity and punctuality.

E. Govt related.
Govt and fgei dte must
1. Introduce financial incentives for high achieving teachers and students like stars of fgei.
2. Equip labs.
3. Increase salaries of staff and other benefits.
4. Fill staff vacancies.
5. Provide all facilities needed for best educational environment at institutions.
6. Provide funds for study tours of students countrywide. 7. Provide funds for interative boards in classrooms.
8. Ensure continuous renovation and repair of institutions.
9. Post teachers at home stations or provide accomodation/hostels to them if posted faraway from home.

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