Fri. Jun 14th, 2024
Babar Khan

The education and learning process has to prepare students/learners for real-life situations and enable them to contribute positively to society and expedite human life more appropriately. When we reflect on the past and read about the contribution of the great scientist, may they be mathematicians, physicists, philosophers or historians, everyone has utilized his/her knowledge, research and wisdom to create a healthier environment. An environment that facilitates the human being in living a better life on this earth. If we look at today’s technological advancement, means of transportation, ways of communication, and progress in health facilities, several inventions and innovations are the results of connecting or associating the education/learning process with real-life context. Education and learning do not exist in a vacuum rather it has a relevant application, which is human life. These developments based on some genuine theories and later on translating these theories into practical steps by some committed and human-friendly individuals (scientists) who devised wondrous things for us, today which we enjoy and taken for granted. Though I admit that we must enjoy these all facilities fully, at the same time, we (Pakistani as a nation) have to hold ourselves back and think critically that, to what extent we are ready or able to create even better opportunities for human beings so that they must have the privilege to enjoy our contributions.

            By asking this question, I would like to draw readers attention towards the relevancy of our today’s education to the society we live in. I would invite everyone to read this piece of write up, sit back for a while, think about school education, think about college education and think about university education where our children are going to get an education and we as parents expect them to learn and get ready for practical life.  While thinking, ask yourself these simple questions. Am I sure enough and confident that the day my son/daughter complete his/her degree in any field of study, will have more than three options to earn reasonably based on his/her skill set, thinking patterns, creativity, innovative mindset?  Am I sure that the education my children received will help them to find their ways to a successful life? Did schools, colleges and universities teach my children how to get up when there is a fall in life? Does this institute teach my children not to surrender in any situation because life is a precious gift of God?

When I thought about these questions, I found it very difficult to respond to all these questions with a YES answer because I find today’s education distant from our societal need, real-life situation. Our academic institution randomly offers programs and course without a thorough analysis of market requirement and emerging trends. Every year, thousands of students are graduating from different universities of Pakistan (I do not count students from international universities) and did any university track- all its students that how many of them are settled within a year of graduation, what is their average earning, what is their nature of engagement?  I believe that this analysis will enable policy planners, academia and market forces to identify trends, requirements and availability of relevant human resource that only required number seats are open for next academic year. complete his/her degree in any field of study, will have more than three options to earn reasonably based on his/her skill set, thinking patterns, creativity, innovative mindset?  Am I sure that the education my children have received, will help them to find their ways to a successful life and enable them to get up when there is a fall in life? Does this institute teach my children not to surrender in any situation because life is a precious gift of God? Does our education system has potential to address societal challenges and prepare learners to cope up with global requirement? Currently, I feel and observe students are enrolled based on balloting pattern that if not in that department, let’s try here. As a result, students get a master degree with zero worth for market and real-life situation. Our education system, practices and teaching approaches do not facilitate learning in such a way that promotes, creativity and wisdom.  Therefore, I urge academia, lawmakers, policy planner to review our education structure and make such decision so that our education must complement society by creating a better opportunity for knowledge application, a human resource with much higher capability and skill set.

By Babar Khan

Mr Babar is an Educational Professional with a hallmark experience in education, particularly in Teacher Education, and contributes to the enhancement of capacity and productivity of the organization, with an excellent set of leadership skills and commitment.

3 thoughts on “DOES OUR EDUCATION COMPLEMENT SOCIETY?”
  1. Dear Brother Babar,
    Thanks for the excellent article. Real life connected learning with morality building learning is pivotally demanding issues in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other south Asian and African countries. Rather than improving memorize oriented learning process, think tanks need to develop learners friendly need based learning policy.

  2. I fully agree with your views,
    My dear friend Our curriculum is preparing students for the Past, there is nothing for present and future.

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