Being literate is imperative, it enables us to read and write. Gives us the ability to gather information and understand it, but it’s not enough. Literacy can’t enhance our critical thinking, it doesn’t teach us to evaluate the knowledge, only education can. Through the medium of education and experiences one can better judge the use of the information they have.
Unfortunately, in Pakistan, the focus is more on being literate than being educated. Every year schools, and universities produce thousands of literate people but only a handful of them are educated. The blame mainly lies upon the conventional method of learning. The traditional method of reciting and memorizing the lesson for a standardize test only determines the retention level of the student not his/her analytical abilities.
In today’s age, as the competition around the world is getting intense, Pakistan needs to upgrade their education system to get ahead of everyone. Modern education methods which sophisticate the practical skills of students is required more than ever now. Researches and case study shows that contemporary methods are proving to be more effective than the conventional system. Modern method encourages the students to work as a team, be more interactive, improve decision making skills and above all develop the sense of self-awareness.
A few basic inclusion in the educational system could be the maximum weight-age of presentations and assignments, problem solving activities, educational field trips, research and case studies, debates and opinion sharing sessions. Students should be encouraged to actively participate rather than sitting in silence to listen and memorize the lesson. However a system only works efficiently if it’s being administered competently. Qualified faculty is equally important to monitor and for smooth conversion of contemporary methods. It is the responsibility of the faculty to challenge the students and motivate them to be more productive for a better future of the country.
However, it should be realized that, an up-gradation of the educational system does not mean the replacement of the traditional methods. The introduction of the modern ways need to be balanced well with conventional patterns. As both play a vital role in creating an educated society, the trick is to know when to use either of them. An educated community is the foundation of a successful nation. Hoping in the coming years a well-educated and self-aware youth will be working towards the betterment of Pakistan.