Sunday, March 26, 2006

Education in Sindh-- Need for market oriented education

Well said Sain Sajjad Abro Saheb

Those Sindhi students who are really bright, hardworking and have financial backing, will succeed. These lucky ones are still getting a chance to go abroad for higher education and getting good jobs.But what happens to 90% who do not fall in that catagory? They have to be provided quality education which will prepare them for market based economy within Sindh and Pakistan. Yes, there is discrimination in Karachi and in rest of Pakistan. For that reason, our kids have to be even better than average kids from other communities.

Unless, we take some concrete steps to upgrade their education, these 90% are economically doomed. The future in this case is clearly visible. Only miracle can save these 90%.
Example of other minorities (e.g. Jews, Hindus in Sindh) shows that small business rather than jobs, is the answer. It took time, but these minorities have succeeded. I have feeling that Sindhi Muslims will have to follow that path too. Vocational training in needed areas, rather than paper degrees based on outdated text books in unwanted fields, will save a larger number of Sindhi students.

Regardless of what path we are planning to follow, MARKET ORIENTED EDUCATION (i.e. development of skills which are needed in the market) needes to be emphasized. I am afraid that there are not many jobs waiting for degree holders in Sindhi literature or comparable fields.Your input and help towards development of Sindh is always welcome.

Ali Nawaz Memon
Sindh Development Institute
7204 Antares Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA 20879


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