Sharmila for enhancing performance of schools, colleges

KARACHI: Ms Sharmila Farooqi, former provincial minister for Information and sitting MPA Sindh has said that although education system of the country is not exemplary and has weaknesses, but it is improving gradually and bringing about positive changes in the society.

Speaking at a seminar organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University’s 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 but there were also the institutions that produced the 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 go away from their historic, cultural, social and moral values.

She said the previous government of Pakistan People’s Party established many universities including Sindh Madressatul Islam University with the objective to give higher education to the children of poor people. “Today, Sindh Madressatul Islam University has proved itself a quality university under the dynamic leadership of its vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh,” she said and added that likewise we want to see other institutions of the country to impart quality education.”

Sharmila was of the opinion that she is not in favour of establishment of new schools and colleges in the country, but wants to enhance performance of existing schools and colleges by providing them basic facilities.

She 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. She stressed upon the students to respect their institutions and teachers. Ms Sharmila Farooqi appreciated the presentations of the students and said she is happy to see girl students talking with confident.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University said our education policies are not based on our ground realities. These are being prepared by borrowing ideas from the education policies of other countries. Citing an example from the education policy prepared by the then Indian British Government in 1904, he said that even those days they launched a “Half Day” policy for children of farmers as these children were also used to remain engaged in agriculture 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 Ms Sharmila Farooqi for her presence in it. Dr Shaikh also said that Ms Sharmila Farooqi’s grandfather Mr. N.M. Uqaili was an illustrious student of SMI and had also remained on its various bodies after completion of his education from SMI. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh announced Rs.1000/- as cash prize for the students who participated in the seminar.

Earlier students of SMI University 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 Mr. Stephen John also spoke on the occasion.

Later on, Farooqi and Dr Shaikh gave away Rs1000 as cash prize to the students of Business Administration, who had participated in the previous seminar held at SMIU.