Shortage of nurses in hospital
I would like to take an essential opportunity by the reader of your
daily news, in order to share my views and feelings about shortage
of nurses in Pakistan.
I found that the major problems is that a huge group of students
including myself who maintain a GPA of xyz or better in
universities and have demonstrated their commitment to become
nurses, when we apply to nursing programs find the official reason,
namely the lack of nursing faculty, a shabby excuse, and some of
the attitudes expressed by nursing faculty to be even shabbier.
Apparently, the fact that a student wants to become a nurse, and
has the grades to quality for the admission into nursing programs
is of no consequence. Whatever a particular schools office line may
be a big part of the problem lies in the arrogant elitist mentality
of nursing programs faculty.
I request the offices to please look into tearing down eyes and
motivate aspiring students as a future of nursing rather than a
means to show individual school spuriously.
Mehjabeen Madad Ali
Dow University Of Health & Sciences
Education Reform – Need of the Day
It is not surprising to read the performance of intermediate
students versus A level students at 2013 admission test for IBA. An
Urdu newspaper reported that only 11% students with intermediate
qualification could get admission in IBA. The above news report
also stated that Nixor College secured top position in IBA with the
admission of 151 students. Nixor College is in a posh locality and
one of the most expensive colleges in the city.
These results suggest that some privileged souls in Pakistan
receive good education even better than the kids in advanced
nations. Thus, the sufferers of low quality education are only poor
and low middle class groups. Ironically, most of them, particularly
low-income groups, are not aware of their suffering, therefore,
there is no common struggle or desire for a change from these
groups. Some NGOs, though, working in different parts of the
country, but their operations are limited than the need of the day.
Only government could effectively provide this public good.
In general elections some political parties have added
‘introduction of a single education system’ in their manifestos.
One such party has successfully formed government in one province,
but no progress is made to discontinue multiple education systems
in that province, any final conclusion may be too early to draw at
the moment. However, implementation of education reforms seems far
from reality at the moment.
Stepping back to the actual problem, there is no reason to believe
that even 11% successful intermediate candidates at IBA are most
probably English medium and can afford private tuitions. The
difference between various educational systems and medium of
instructions are instrumental in widening gap amongst the different
classes in the society. It is also excluding otherwise very able
people from poor and low income groups to make efforts to get out
of the vicious circle of poverty. Government schools in slums are
unable to prepare students to cope up with their education at
advanced level. This is also evident from a very high drop out of
these students at secondary school, college and university levels.
The above situation should not let be continued. Effective
implementation of broad-based education reforms is need of the day.
These reforms should ensure provision of quality education to all
low-income groups. It cannot be done without hiring of well
educated and well trained teachers in government schools by
offering respectable emoluments. Universal secondary education
should be achieved through enforcement of mandatory attendance in
educational institutions for 5 to 15 years children. Low income
group families should be compensated by providing basic grocery to
students from these families. This also requires to discourage
child labor in the country.
It should be remembered that human resources are the most critical
in the development of a country. However, educated and trainable
human resources could contribute in the development whereas
illiterate population is a source of economic and social problems.
By providing quality education, we could get thousands more
scientists, doctors, engineers, researchers and so on so forth.
Education should not be limited only to privileged groups, every
child should have equal opportunity in life. Both provincial and
federal governments should step forward to implement much needed
DANISH ALI SIDDIQUI