Thursday, 13 July 2017

Education and Extremism in Pakistan

Education and Extremism in Pakistan

In the recent years, the terrorism in the name of religion has affected the Pakistan as a country and as a nation to its core affecting almost every discipline of the life there is. Extremism is cultured in the remote areas of the country and is used against the nation through many national and international agendas but it has adversely affected the country infrastructure.

Educational institutes have played a key role in the terror attacks in the country and they have become a key factor in extremism and terrorism. The overall system has been blaming the madrassas for a long period of time as a workshop for promoting extremism and brainwashing the children however another main contributing factor has been remained that successive governments have failed to provide adequate quality for the basic education in the country. There is very poor infrastructure and no stable curricula present. A large number of ghost schools which are only existing on the papers are also operational which are consuming the budgets in corruption.

Due to the lack of the quality of curricula and faculties of the educational institutes, the overall standard of the country’s education has dropped to a certain level thus no leadership is being provided by the academics. Another role is being played by the political parties not allowing kids to go to schools in the villages as they fear that the educated child will eventually stand against them in the future. The universities have been providing seeds and rallying grounds to these political parties where they develop their vote banks and manage their political movements.

One of the main reasons of political influence in the education sector and universities of the Pakistan has contributed towards terrorism and extremism. No major startups and solving any kind of social problems have been surfaced by the students from major universities. Only some private institutions and universities are meeting the standards of education of the modern world but their contribution is very less as compared to the total number of graduates our universities are producing.

Any university and educational system is rated on the basis of the level of research that institute has conducted and number of the research paper which have been published. Pakistani institutes are lagging in that front as well. The level and standard of the research which is being done in the institution of the country is not at par with the modern world thus our students and institutes are lagging behind and are not able to grab good opportunities in the modern world.

The front needs to be rectified in a large number of aspects like non politicizing our institutes, carrying out basic infrastructure reforms, hiring educated teachers with minimum education criteria and opting modern learning techniques so that the overall education system can bring in leaders rather than upbringing extremist and terrorism.

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