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Urgent Need of Educational Reforms in Pakistan

The madrasa (religious school) sector flourishes, with no meaningful efforts made to regulate the seminaries, many of which propagate religious and sectarian hatred. Militant violence and natural disasters have exacerbated the dismal state of education. Earthquakes and floods have destroyed school buildings in Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Punjab, disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of children. Militant jihadi groups have destroyed buildings, closed girls’ schools and terrorised parents into keeping daughters at home; their attacks made global headlines with the shooting of schoolgirl and education activist Malala Yousafzai in October 2012. The public education system needs to foster a tolerant citizenry, capable of competing in the labour market and supportive of democratic norms within the country and peace with the outside world.

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Vocational education and training for Pakistan Students

Pakistan is facing a shortage of manpower in technical and vocational education as only 255,636 students are enrolled in 3,125 different vocational education and training institutes’ set-up across the country. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) report, Pakistan presently had 64 technicians per one million population, while the same figure for the technically advanced countries was in the range of 1,500 to 2,500. National Science Technology and Innovation (ST & I) Policy 2012 had earlier mentioned that despite the establishment of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) in Punjab and National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTEC) at the centre, the national requirement of technically trained personnel could not be adequately met. Talking to APP, Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) Chairman Dr Mudassar Asrar said the recent initiative launched by NAVTEC regarding crash programmes was a step in the right direction, adding it needed to be pursued more vigorously with increased outreach.

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Corruption and remdial measures in Pakistan

Pakistani society has been merged into the corruption. Since Pakistan is a feudalist country, its dominating feudalist class had always been a big hurdle in letting institutions act against the corruption and bring the accountability of everyone and enhance the law and order in the country. Institutes are under the influence of such group of few people, who do not want to remove corruption from our society. Today, both elites and the common masses have equally become victims of the wave of corruption. Society in general has been confused and chaotic in formulating and implementing any viable policy to wipe out corruption from its current environment.

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Women are Sexually Harassed in Pakistan

Our society is complicated. We claim to be democratic and free, yet we don’t ever talk about countless deep rooted issues that have plagued our society. We claim to be an Islamic state, yet our women consider themselves safer in Europe and America than this Darul Islam. We wail for Aafia Siddiqui who had allegedly been tortured and assaulted by American soldiers, yet we forget countless of our Aafias who are assaulted, tortured, raped and harassed every single day within our homeland.  And to put a cherry on the top, many of our women themselves stay quiet over this injustice because they don’t want to embarrass their families or become the talk of the town.

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Child labour in Pakistan

Child labour in Pakistan is the employment of children for work in Pakistan, leading to mental, physical, moral and social harm to children. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimated in the 1990s that 11 million children were working in the country, half of those under the age of ten. In 1996, the median age for a child entering the work force was seven, down from eight years old 2 years prior. It was estimated that one quarter of the country’s work force was made up of child labourers. In a city of Pakistan, Hyderabad children enter work force at the of age 4 or 5 years and they make bangles and bracelets. They make around 12 sets (per set containing 65 bangles) and only gain Rs.40 from all the hard work.It depends on the time consumed in completing these sets it could take as long as 2 or 3 days and they would gain only Rs.40 in 2 or 3 days. This is not just a situation of Hyderabad but all other katchi abadis of Pakistan.

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