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Government Schools Should Be Prioritized Over Private Schools

Sami Parvez

Government schools of Balochistan are considered to be imparting poor quality of education. That’s true to some extent but the role of these schools in producing numerous talented people can’t be ignored. Several students who have studied in government schools are today serving as famous doctors, engineers, professors, journalist, businessmen and many more. In addition to that, students of government schools are the ones who are passing the competitive exams and also securing admission in medical and engineering institutes.

It’s a general misconception that Private Schools in general are better than government schools. It’s just a myth and the ground realities are completely against it. In government schools almost all the teachers are post-graduates who have been selected after a rigorous section process. On the other hand majority of teachers in private schools have merely passed intermediate exams. Therefore, the capabilities and competencies of government school teachers are far more superior to their counter parts in private schools.

There is another underlying difference which can’t be ignored. Government schools are funded by public exchequer to educate the students. Private schools, on the other hand, have come into existence to earn money. Very few private schools are being run with the objective of imparting quality education rather than earning hefty profits.

The misconception about better quality of education provided by Private schools is the reason that most people admit their children in these schools. Apart from this wrong impression there is nothing that could justify the admissions in private schools in priority to the government schools. In fact, parents are willing to pay high mount of fees of private schools just because they don’t known the reality of quality of education imparted by private schools.

If education in Balochistan is to be supported then it can be done through strengthening the government schools. Government of Balochistan and the social development sector should concentrate their efforts on improving the capacity of government schools and helping them out in resolving the problems of infrastructure. Parents should also admit their children in government schools as there is not much difference in quality of education of these schools when compared to private schools. However, Parents would be spared the inconvenience of paying excessively high amount of fees every month.

Published in The Balochistan Point on March 22, 2015

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