KARACHI: Former provincial minister for Information and MPA Sindh, Sharmila Farooqi has said that although education system of the country has weaknesses, however it is improving gradually and bringing about positive changes in the society.
Speaking at a seminar organised by Sindh Madressatul Islam University’s (SMIU) Department of Education on `Changing Perspectives of Education in Pakistan’ on Thursday at its auditorium, she said that despite the fact that there is deteriorating condition of many public sector educational institutions in the country there were also the institutions that produced great leaders like Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and others.
She was of the view that science and technology has brought many facilities in the society but our new generation should not part away from their historic, cultural, social and moral values.
Today, SMIU has proved itself a quality university under the leadership of its Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, she said, and added that likewise we want to see other institutions of the country impart quality education.
She was of the opinion that she is not in favour of establishment of new schools and colleges in the country, but wants to enhance the performance of existing schools and colleges by providing them basic facilities.
Sharmila further said the stakeholders should be consulted for the new education policy and the education budget should be spent properly.
She also said that the general knowledge should also be made a part of syllabus as our students are lacking it.
Sharmila stressed upon the students to respect their institutions and teachers.
She appreciated the presentations of the students and said she is happy to see girl students talking with confidence.
Vice Chancellor of SMIU, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, said that our education policies are being prepared by borrowing ideas from the other countries.
Citing an example from the education policy prepared by the then British India Government in 1904, he said that even in those days they launched a `Half Day’ policy for children of the farmers as these children also used to remain engaged in agricultural farms.
He further said that China had prepared “Rice Curriculum” for those children who were living in rice producing areas.
Thus, we have to prepare our education policy while keeping the ground realities of our land in mind.
He appreciated the students who participated in the seminar and also extended his thanks for Sharmila Farooqi for her presence in it.
Dr Shaikh also said that Sharmila Farooqi’s grandfather NM Uqaili was an illustrious student of SMI and had also remained on its various bodies after completion of his education from SMI.
Dr Shaikh announced Rs 1,000 as cash prize for the students who participated in the seminar.
Earlier, students of SMIU Faiza, Syed Imran Ali, Iqra, Maria, Irshad Khatoon, Ghulam Murtaza, Karina Mehboob and Husnain Raza delivered their speeches and gave presentations on the subject.
Department of Education’s faculty member Stephen John also spoke on the occasion.
Later on, Sharmila Farooqi and Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh gave away Rs 1,000 as cash prize to the students of Business Administration, who had participated in the previous seminar held at SMIU.