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   March  08, 2014


Shortage of nurses in hospital

Respected sir,

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.

Your Sincerely
Mehjabeen Madad Ali
Dow University Of Health & Sciences


Education Reform – Need of the Day

Dear Sir,

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 educational reforms.




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