THOSE who lynched Mashal Khan are educated people. Obviously, the quality of education that they and many others have received leaves much to be desired. How to improve the quality of education right from the grass roots?
In line with the model elsewhere we have schools for children close to their homes, but we have miserably failed to give these schools sufficient teaching staff or facilities.
Alif Ailaan’s website says that 40 per cent of school-age children (ie 24 million) are out of school. The majority of those who go to school access only a poor quality of education. On any given day, 11pc of teachers are absent from the classroom. The government has failed to implement Article 25-A of the Constitution, which makes education the right of every child from five to 16 years of age. Forty-five per cent of government schools lack basic facilities including furniture, bathrooms, running water, electricity and boundary walls. Budget allocations for education are grossly insufficient.