The Heart-Breaking State of Public Education in Pakistan

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Someone forwarded me a video on Facebook today and it was heart-breaking to look at this video. It shows a team going into various public schools of Karachi’s lower income areas such as Lyari and asking the children various questions. The children didn’t manage to answer the questions and couldn’t even write “I am a Pakistani” in Urdu (Mein Pakistani Hoon)!

Education is a fundamental part of Islam and in fact the first revelation that was sent to Muhammad (SAW) was:

Read! In the name of your Lord who created. Created man from a clot. Read! And thy Lord is the Most Generous. He Who taught by the pen; taught man that which he knew not." (Quran, 96:1-5)

and the Prophet (SAW) said:

"The acquisition of knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim, whether male or female."

(On a side note the often quoted “Seek knowledge even if it be in China” is not an authentic hadith and should not be used).

If one was to look through the Quran and the hadith (sayings of the Prophet (SAW)), we would find numerous references to knowledge. This knowledge is both the knowledge of your religion as well as the knowledge of worldly affairs.

This is why WE MUST SUPPORT organizations like The Citizen’s Foundation, CARE Pakistan, and READ Foundation who are working towards educating the masses of our country.

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17 thoughts on “The Heart-Breaking State of Public Education in Pakistan”

  1. What do you say about schools that charge hefty sum of money as tuition fees and fail to deliver? Some of them moderate, some under the veil of Islam!


    1. I would say as a parent you should work with your school to improve it. Wose case is that you have the choice to move your children to another school. These children dont have the option to move to another school.


  2. I have seen this video before too. Its shows the sorry state of our education system. What kind of revolution do we expect to see in our country with such low quality education provided to our future generations? This should be the first & foremost priority of our government to overhaul the system and bring it to the level of present day requirements, before its really too late.


  3. and we have not even learnt from the Sunnah where the Prophet would let the POW’s let go Free, after teaching 10 people to read and write…

    May Allah help us understand the right path…



  4. @Rumaisa: In my opinion, there is little historical correlation between state of education and revolutions. I am not denigrating education – it is just that there are more important factors we tend to overlook. Some of those factors may include the level of imaan/buy-in to the cause and the level of initiative in the society. Also, is “schooling” the same as “education”?


  5. Asalamaulikum
    You point our attentions to very serious matter, we should all work for spreading of education. And I am not hopeless I strongly believe that one glorious day is near to come when we Pakistanis will be educated and economically prosperous and be living in peace and tranquility.
    Allah bless Pakistan


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