STRIKES & HOLIDAYS AFFECT EDUCATION
S.KAMAL HAYDER KAZMI,
Research Analyst, PAGE
Nov 7 - 20, 2011
Student life is the most important period of a person's life. Disturbances in the academic discipline of schools, which the strikes inevitably bring in, have a most harmful effect on the minds of the students.
There is also a loss of working days due to shutdown period. The students do not read enough to learn properly. Besides, living in a state of constant excitement, they lose their cognitive balance. They learn to defy authorities. They feel it is something heroic to break the law in some way or other.
In Pakistan, the strikes and holidays are the order of the day. The postal workers go on strike so do the bus workers. The factory workers and office babus are also ready to follow suit. The newspapers headlines draw our notice to such incidents all over the country.
Strikes have also become a regular feature in schools.
The teenagers are also too ready to catch the strike fever. Today they strike for the freedom fighters all over the world; sometimes they are against the uncertainties happen in a country. This may be good fun, but it dislocates the academic life of an institution and affects the cause of the students themselves. Schools should always be kept free from extra holidays and strikes.
There cannot be much hope for the country if the future generation wastes time and energy in this way.
But, truly speaking it is not the students only who are to blame. Too much of politics in schools and colleges has vitiated the academic atmosphere. The leaders of political parties build up their student fronts in schools and colleges to achieve their narrow political gains. Strikes are generally engineered and supported by interested political parties. They are very glad to get a holiday from their studies
All these inevitably interfere with the primary duties of the students and prove injurious to their intellectual and moral growth. The wiser section of the country feel that young boys and girls should at first strive to acquire knowledge and follow intelligently the affairs nearby.
They must prepare themselves for the serious business of politics so that they can view the current topics in their proper perspectives. At present, their roles are rather destructive. They act against the interest of the country, being misled by unprincipled leaders. In the larger interests of the future generations, schools should be out of bound for strikes. Students should not be allowed to be used as a tool by the political groups.
When there is a strike, there is always going to be an effect on the economy and the educational sector of the country, and this is no different within Pakistan.
A strike means huge loss to the economy and that indirectly affects the monetary affairs of at least public-run institutions.
Overall literacy rate (age 10 years and above) is 57.7 per cent in Pakistan. Literacy remains higher in urban areas than in rural areas, and is more prevalent for men (80.2 per cent) compared to women (65.5 per cent) in rural areas. However, the literacy rate in Punjab stood at (59.6 per cent), Sindh (58.2 per cent), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (50.9 per cent) and Balochistan at (51.5 per cent). An increase of four per cent in Pre-Primary enrolment (8.743 million) in 2009-10 over 2008-09 (8.434 million) has been observed during 2009-10. It is expected to increase by two per cent in 2010-11.
Further data shows 30 per cent increase in the total graduates output from the universities and degree awarding institutes (DAIs). Since 2002, higher education commission has sent about 4,313 scholars in the technically advanced countries for research degrees such as M.Phil and PhDs. Out of these, 1,214 have completed and returned to the country. Similarly, scholars are also encouraged to enroll in the local universities. This has helped to promote the research culture locally.
HEC sponsored 8,873 scholars in the local universities out of which 2,524 have completed their studies.
During 2010, Pakistani universities awarded more than 750 PhDs. Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) has been launched to gainfully use trained work force. So far, 288 PhD graduates have been placed through IPFP Program, out of which 156 have graduated from abroad and 132 from Pakistani universities.
In 2010-11, an amount of Rs823.1 million was allocated to improve physical infrastructure and basic facilities in government primary and elementary schools. The project is operated across the country except Punjab. The project targeted 5704 schools out of which 3038 school have been completed and remaining 2666 school are in progress. So far, Rs2680.5 million has been released among Sindh, KPk, Balochistan, FATA, FANA/ GB & AJK.
High skilled workforce has become a basic need to meet the challenges of contemporary era, which is all about competitiveness and efficiency. Higher education sector plays an essential role in human resource development to support an economy.
SINDH: MISSING FACILITIES IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS (2009-10 ) MISSING FACILITIES (SCHOOLS IN NUMBER) Without building 10,722 Without boundary wall 24,001 Without drinking water 24,559 Without electricity 41,230