Inherent flaws in education policies

The KP government’s concern for the education sector is appropriate. Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the concerned officials to start classes in new colleges from September. He issued these instructions while presiding over a meeting of the higher education department, held in the CM House on August 28.

In a briefing, it was told that at present as many as 303 colleges were fully functional in the province. Out of these, 177 colleges were meant for boys, while 126 colleges were for girls. Similarly, 67 colleges were under construction. Out of these, 29 were meant for girls. The CM said that for the time being, temporary teaching staff should be recruited for new colleges. He said that at the same time arrangements should be finalised for the permanent staff through the provincial Public Service Commission (PSC).

This is a known fact that in KP, there is no shortage of capable lecturers, both in male and female categories. The appointment of good lecturers always guarantees the success of new colleges. But for the past many decades, the education department has been running its policies on an ad hoc basis. The recruitment through the Public Service Commission is alright. But the PSC does not wield any magic wand. It cannot complete its work by just switching on a button.

By the time the commission finalises its interviews and results, a precious educational year is wasted. Meanwhile, the damage done by the temporary lectures is irreparable. A lecturer who knows he is temporary, cannot possibly show the best in him or her. So the students taught by him/her half-heartedly also remain half-baked, even if they manage to reach the BA and MA level. They can never make up for the deficiency left.