Comments: “MADRASSA EDUCATION 2014: CHALLENGES AND REFORMS”

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
graduates”

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.

It’s not what you think! by Varda Nisar

There are certain perceptions that exist in the minds of people, and no matter what you do, their effect never dwindles until they take the form of “stereotypes”.

It is this kind of a perception that is also being associated with public universities. Therefore as a student of one such institution I feel it my duty to speak up in order to clear the general view.

I got this chance recently when around 25 students — myself included — were selected for a certain programme on whether the quality of education here was good enough to guarantee a nice job post graduation. The programme was also attended by a group of forced to tag along best friends who with the other curious audience members made up the “eager and determined youth” supposed to share their opinions on the topic of discussion. So began the recording but just a few minutes of hearing the exchange of comments left me shocked and appalled.

The reason for this was the mindset of our youth that was fast revealing itself in front of the cameras. There seemed to be a general trend of thinking that public universities were a lost cause with absolutely no hope, that the teachers there lacked  interest in their respective subjects and that they pressurised the teachers into copy/pasting, also that the universities were failing to provide them with the resources while practical education was simply non-existent. In other words they were just seen as places where cheating was rampant besides the several other problems thought to be synonymous with public universities. Continue reading

I am sick of Nawaz Sharif

I try to restrict myself from giving these bold statements about anyone.. even if he is a politician.. Now I know that there would be angry heads every where going why target Nawaz Sharif and not Zardari aka the real root of all evil in this world for a lot of people. But here is something: HE HAS NOT BEEN THE PRIME MINISTER TWICE. NAWAZ SHARIF HAS BEEN .. so there fore I have every right to diss him for still not learning from his mistakes.

Nawaz Sharif- Leader of the Muslim League(N)

His “Rid the Punjab of illiteracy” Scheme has been going on for a very long time, and I can understand that it is a very hard job to attain. There are a lot of Political, Economic, Cultural Restrictions in his way, but a recent news item in the paper has changed my perspective about his many, many slogans that are simply void of any dedication.

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The downfall of the Perisan Department in Karachi University

Today because of some work I got the chance to head towards a department whose tragic story I had heard in tones of pity, sadness and defeat. Those emotions became a real picture as I saw the sad picture myself that the Department of Persian Language (DOPL) held within its wall and promised a future that no one could save it from.

I remember hearing my parents discuss last year that what a tragedy it was that no one had applied to the Department of Persian Language that year. The same story was true for the department of Bengali as well. Walking from my own department towards the gate of the department, I would often look upon the DOPL and upon seeing the closed windows I would feel sad for the many teachers and professors for whom that language would have meant so much and today it was facing a dead end.

The story of my encounter with DOPL today happened only due to a notice that was posted on the bulletin board. It said that a certain Study Center for the study of Persian was offering free admission to its language course. Fortunately, the timings of the class happened to match my free time on all three days the classes were offered. I didn’t exactly know that where the department was so I went to DOPL first, knowing that it would be the best place to find any clue.

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