While I had more or less resigned from this blog of mine, and moved to other things, I am writing here today as a favor to a friend and giving my comments on the above mentioned report that has been researched and can be found on the following link.
In the light of the recent events – primarily 16/12 and the overall way in which the dynamics of the global politics has shaped in the last one decade, this topic of Madrassa Education and reforms has become one of special importance.
And while the report for me touches on a lot of serious topics, about registrations and the curriculum and mode of education, etc., it still remains very superficial.
The most common mistake that we keep on making as a nation is that we are able to point out the problems, but the conversion of such points into law and then having them implemented without any interference from any party or stakeholders involved is the challenge and that is where the report lacks!
The research and the history of the issue is all there – and forms a credible base with verified and good sources. But when it comes to the part which will influence the change, it’s all about should be’s”.
Let me elaborate – Consider this point from the report “Adequate portion of the education budget should be allocated for financing teachers and
1. Why could this not have been written as “Will be allocated”?
2. Why not dictate how much of the budget will you be allocating?
3. Who is going to be monitoring the correct usage of this budget?
4. Where will that percentage of budget be created from?
I am sure that there will be a counter argument that we are just there to highlight issues, but the fact of the matter is that when I see a report on the website of Youth Parliamentarians who are planning to enter the public arena as politicians, or activists or any such capacity, then I do expect a deeper look into the issue.
Another issue for me was the fact that you can simply not talk about Madrasas without mentioning the talibans and how a lot of these – not all – have been used for such militant acts and for safeguarding such offenders. What is to be done about them.. where is the law? What are we going to do about them?
Overall the report lacks the indepth study when it comes to the development of reforms, which is the backbone for any real change.