Trains vs Brains- Pakistan’s so-called Dilemma

In Pakistan there is quite a noticeable problem with the education system. The children who turn up to school may find their teachers have not bothered to do the same, and many children don’t go at all.

My family in Pakistan are considerably well off. My cousins, who are 15 and 9 respectively, both speak perfect English and both earn high grades, as a result of being able to gain places at a private school, which attains a standard that is equivalent, if not better, than my own school in the UK- with a range of extra-curricular activities and high GCSE marks, but if you compare these with government schools, there is a steep drop.

In the cities, teachers are usually better qualified and children get better grades- but in more rural areas that just doesn’t happen. In some cases, teachers aren’t hired on merit, but because of political affiliation, and these teachers sometimes don’t even turn up. The curriculum varies from school to school as well, so, unlike in the UK, every school teaches different things.

Ever since I can remember, there have always been children begging in the streets of Pakistan, and I once asked my parents why. They simply replied that their parents couldn’t afford to send them to school, so they were trying to earn for their family. There is an education policy in Pakistan, but it isn’t implemented, meaning that there is still a large amount of children, and adults in Pakistan who are illiterate.

You would think reforming this flawed system would be first on the government’s list?

Well, that’s not the case.

In Pakistan there is also quite a noticeable problem with the government.

This government is planning on building bullet trains and brand-new motorways- which would be admirable had they first sorted out the issue of schooling.

“Tell me, how will children go to school if there are no motorways for them to travel by?” was a recent question posed by the chief minister of Punjab when asked about this topic.

Well, the answer is, quite easily, considering the motorways, designed to improve communication, aren’t really that close to the least educated areas- and that children wouldn’t need to travel that far to get to school if they simply built more schools.

And there are so many more things in Pakistan that need to be prioritized before roads- from the shortage of electricity, to providing decent law and order, from creating a better healthcare system to pulling down the VIP system. There are real problems in Pakistan, and the government causes the majority of them.

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