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As far as the present educational scenario is concerned, Pakistan’s schooling system is said to be under-funded, under-equipped and under-staffed at a time when 60 percent of its population is under 18. Going by the statistics of United Nation Pakistan’s government spends 2.4 percent of its gross domestic product, compared with the United Nations’ recommended norm of 4 percent in developing economies like Pakistan. This has been one of the reasons that the true talent never got any opportunity. The biggest tragedy in public sector school is the weak infrastructure. It includes political interference, corruption, and over-centralisation, a lack of school autonomy, underdeveloped managerial capacity and poor information systems. The three main points which are to be highlighted are 1) Lack of administration and teaching staff 2) Lack of discipline, 3) Lack of basic infrastructure.
The teachers of government schools are not corporative, not-regular and non-motivated. They are not interested in teaching and no proper guidance is given to student. Thousands of “ghost” teachers have been drawing salaries from the schools. They do not do any actual teaching since there are no functioning schools. They simply show up to collect their salaries on the appointed day. As a result the students are not willing to study and least interested in gaining knowledge and they quit schools at an early age which leads to illiteracy.
Another problem is the lack of discipline. Rules and disciplines have been made but are not followed with no proper check and balance on punctuality and uniform of the students. Third problem is lack of infrastructure, for example insufficient furniture, equipments etc. Students are compelled to sit on floors. Improper allocation of budget and government interest leads schooling system to destruction.
Education in Pakistan is contingent on several factors, such as the existence of cost-effective schools, better curricula, and awareness among parents, especially in rural areas. To reform government schools governments must develop partnerships with communities, NGOs, and the private sector to delegate responsibility effectively in order to achieve universal education.
MARYAM SIKANDER
Lahore

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