Education in Pakistan.
The education sector in Pakistan, like all other public sector institutions, has never been able to hold on to the rare moments of glory that it has had in the last 64 years. The country has been plagued with decision makers making inappropriate decisions at probably the worst times. This has led the country to be at the position it currently is where investors and analysts view it as a failing state.
In the small history of 64 years we have been flooded with weak decisions at the top level be it the judiciary, army or the parliament. When the Pakistan Steel Mill was being privatized the judiciary stepped in causing the organization to become a burden on the weak economy of the country with losses in billions of Rupees. The regular coups by military leaders have de-stabilised the country and have made the people dependent on the powers of force to work efficiently resulting in the rise of corruption under the democratic leadership. The parliament has not stayed back in bringing down the country, reinstatement of their party workers and the politics of favouritism for important positions has decreased the efficiency of many public companies.
The current Parliament has been no different from its predecessors. In this case HEC, the autonomous educational body set up in 2000 by Mushurraf to overlook the functionality of higher education mainly universities in the country has come under the Parliament’s dagger. The concept of having a Higher Education Commission (HEC) which other countries like India and China adopted from Pakistan, to facilitate their students in achieving higher education is on the verge of being abolished. India previously had all matters related to education held independently by each province but with the success of HEC in Pakistan they formed an autonomous body to look after the university and higher education in their country. The timing of this action has again been miscalculated, right when the HEC had started...