Education System: Flawed or Flawless
The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine about how much we wanted to study before getting a job and settling down.
Being a curious person about my field of study I said, “I’m at least going to complete my PhD” at which she laughed and said, “You’d be a grandma by then!” Of course she meant it as a joke but it made me realize how true she was.
Being twenty-one, I’m only in the second year, or the third semester, of my Bachelor’s which means by the time I complete my PhD I’ll be at least twenty-nine. Would that be a good time to get a job and get settled? Or would it be too late by then. I mean, think about it! If a research scholar was to study the behavior of teenagers, would twenty-seven or twenty-eight year olds be able to study teenagers the same way a twenty or twenty-one year old could? Obviously not.
The question I asked myself there was, “Why?” or actually, “Why not?”
Why can we not become professionals while we’re young and active? Why do we have to wait for such a long time to even get experienced enough to be able to get a job?
The answer to this question is simple; Our Education System! The system that does not let you become a professional until you have devoted 16 to 18 precious years of your life to it.
If you have ever had the opportunity to study History, Biology or even Urdu, you must be familiar with Abu Ali Sina or Avicenna who started his medical practice at the tender age of sixteen. How did he accomplish that? The answer is again painstakingly simple; The Education System!
This question arises here that,
What made both these systems of education so different that one of them takes your time and money for sixteen years, while the other turns you into a professional as you turn sixteen?
I’m sure you’re well aware about how Pakistani education system works. Assuming that you are familiar with it, I would only explain the system that turned a mere teenager into a successful professional.
This system, under which Avicenna completed his education, was the system of education provided by Islam. This system made the Education sector completely independent of government. The Universities or Jami’as housed the Masajid. These Jami’as were provided with their own properties and businesses, which were used for finance, instead of consuming government funding. This made Education completely free for students, including residence, books and stationary needs and tuition fee.
The basic education was provided to the students from age seven to twelve in schools or madaris before they left for the Jami’as. The Jami’as provided them with professional education. The students left these Jami’as as doctors, engineers, social scientists, artists, writers etc.
Thus by the age of sixteen or seventeen, a student became a professional. Now this professional sixteen year old is active, efficient and because of his youth, is also open-minded and unbiased.
It was the same system that was being followed at the time the British sent a survey mission to the Indian Sub-Continent. The mission was headed by Lord Macaulay, who spoke to the British Parliament on his return. He had found the literacy rate of the subcontinent to be 100%. The people were not only literate but also financially stable.
In Macaulay’s own words,
“I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief.”
Thus, the British concluded that these people could not be colonized without changing their system of education. They introduced their own education system before taking over India completely. This new system is the one we’re still using.
In short, the Education System is the spine of a country’s intellectual wealth. The reason for unemployment is not the unavailability of jobs, but the lack of active and efficient professionals. By the time we become professionals, we’re too old to perform our job properly.Share