The need for education... By Raakia
12 February, 2013
"An education is not how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It is being able to differentiate between what you know and what you do not" — Anatole France. Education is the most powerful tool to help shape a society and it works for the prosperity of that society. Education can lead a society towards the road of success but, in our country, the education sector is facing huge setbacks.
There are so many problems and we do not know why we are facing them. Who is responsible for all these problems? The corruption in our society is at its peak; everything has entered into the web of corruption and the education department is no exception. People, despite knowing that their actions can be harmful to others, have only given priority to their wants and needs no matter what the consequences. The interference of political parties in colleges and universities has affected the motive of acquiring education. Students are being forced by party representatives to join them. This political affiliation is disrupting the life of students who, instead of paying attention to their studies, indulge in political activities. Political parties tell the students that with their links and connections, the college will provide them with a degree. This is why we find many people enjoying their seats on higher positions but the knowledge they have is not more than the knowledge possessed by a mere clerk. They achieved success on the basis of the role they actively played for their parties in college. Not only were they rewarded but their families and friends also benefited.
At the time of admission in different universities, merit is always focused upon. Students with good marks get admission and the cycle goes on. However, the current situation is contrary to this ideal situation. If a person has a political link, no matter what he has scored, he can get admission into any field of his choice. Degrees are also being sold by taking bribes, e.g. in Karachi University, 2,000 degrees were stolen and sold. These wrong actions, taken just for the sake of a degree, have affected the lives of so many people, especially those who scored a good merit but have no place in the department of their choice. Why are the authorities not taking action against this crime? Why are the corrupt not being punished? Without education, we cannot take our society forward. Education is not just a degree, it is a platform that helps in character building as it enhances knowledge and helps in differentiating between right and wrong. So many of our problems can be resolved if our education sector moves towards the right path.