‘Expensive, corrupt education system plagues society’

KARACHI: Expensive and corrupt education system bars our youth from education who have urge for knowledge, said Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sindh chapter Meraj-ul-Huda Siddiqui on Tuesday.

“Around 12000 ghost schools in Sindh are depicting look of haunted houses or being used as godowns,” he said while addressing the participants of Grand Book Fair 2015 organised by Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) at Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST). He congratulated IJT for organizing the event and termed it a positive activity in the society.

He said Pakistan was a gift from God which contained many assets such as rivers, crops, nuclear technology, however the biggest asset of our country after God’s help were youth.

“Over 55 percent of Pakistanis are youth. When they get prepared, they hoist the flag of the nation all over the world, sometimes in the face of Arifa Karim and others,” he said.

Huda said the reason behind organizing such events was to help provide students with books on discounts as educating youth would prosper our country.

“The presence of university teachers and administration in the festival shows that we are one for the cause of positive activities,” he said.

MPA Pakistan People’s Party Javed Nagori said the evil in the society existed because of separation of our people from books. Such events would help improve interest in books.

“Worldly as well as religious education would help eradicate terrorism from the country. Therefore, Sindh government is working on the neglected sector of education,” he said.

He said we had to hand our youths books so that they could not lay hands on weapons.

Columnists Prof Haroon Rasheed said Lyariites had been in large number in the university, who got education and performed their role in bringing peace in the society.

He said the basis of creation of Pakistan was knowledge; however, we were lagging behind in this sector then.

“How could a country progress where over 7.4 million youngsters are without schooling and only 1.8 percent of budget is being spent on education,” he said.

He said discriminatory education system should be abolished. He suggested education minister of Sindh to come out of his office and personally visit schools and colleges to get firsthand experience of the issues faced by educational institutes.

Head of Social Work Department Dr Abdul Malik, Anchorperson and Chairman Youth Parliament Rizwan Jaffri, Prof Khalil Ahmed Khan, Prof Abdul Rehman Khan, Prof Dr Azam Chaudhry, Prof Mohammad Khalid and Nazim IJT Shiraz Ahmed among others were also present.

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