Education and mobility
THIS is apropos of Faisal Bari’s article (Feb 1) signifying the process of mobility in education development. Mobility is the phenomenon of life. Tide and tide is always on the move like a wise human society has been in the process of wear and tear and renewal and rebirth since times immemorial. Aristotle and Plato used the question and answer technique in providing education to the people of their times.
Education development cannot be seen in isolation, and education has constantly been affected by the surrounding effects.
This millennium has reached its pinnacle of height in education and knowledge. Science and technological advancement has a very bewildering effect on the less developed countries.
Earlier, in a big family one or two were enough to support the whole family as needs and necessities were scanty. Today explosion of population and global education have made a demand on nations to invest in human capital.
Asian tigers have excelled in their economy, trade and commerce as they have overhauled their education system by investing a greater portion of their budgets in the education sector and making quality education easily accessible to every child.
We are also passing through this process of mobility in the education paradigm. Budgets constraints and the overwhelming demand for quantity and quality education have liberalised the education sector.
The private sector has been facilitated to invest in the education sector. Well-reputed schools, colleges (recently Sindh Madrasatul Islam) and many others in different provinces have been made autonomous bodies.
This mobility in education has widened the scope of admission to the various grades of these institutions. Provincial governments have also given educational institutions the status of granting degrees.
Change and mobility in education is for the success and strength of the country where education may be within the reach of every girl and boy. The need is that management bodies and stakeholders of educational institutions in the private sector must relate their fee structure and other expenses to the facilities and the quality of education being offered to students.
In fact, it is the students from low-income groups that can make the private sector successful.