Elite vs deprived students of Gilgit Baltistan: Educational Polarization

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Articles                                                                                                         5nd March 2012

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Elite vs deprived students of Gilgit Baltistan: Educational Polarization

According to the World Bank Economic Report On Gilgit-Baltistan, published in year 2010-11, In Gilgit Baltistan, we have a net primary school enrollment of 51%, net middle school enrolment of 17%, and only 14% Matric school Enrollment, it means, only 17 out of every 100 students end up at Middle level and only 14 out of every 100 students reach to matric level.

While going through this survey my heart was repeatedly asking me question. Don’t you think Gilgit Baltistan has been polarized in terms of education? Is it not true that same region is producing two different generations who have total different approach, mindset, and understanding level? Elite students of GB are those who acquire their basic education from reputed institutions of Gilgit Baltistan and in some way or other they find their way to the reputed universities of Pakistan. But the situation seems more pathetic when you see the other dimension. There are the regions in GB where students even don’t have access to basic primary level education. Although some of they get some basic education but the survey I have mentioned above is clearly depicting the true picture of Gilgit Baltistan.

In today’s world the significance of knowledge and the role of intellectuals in the development of society are critical. For the bright future of Gilgit Baltistan, the young generation should dive in the sea of knowledge. Only by acquiring the quality education we can fight for our identity, rights, justice and can bring positive change in Gilgit Baltistan.

It is the bitter pill of truth we must all swallow, our region is suffering from such high drop out rate and lot of fundamental questions need to be answer. Whether their parents are so ignorant that they don’t want to nurture and educate their children’s or they have some serious financial constraints which ultimately suffers their children’s career. Besides that, the role of government in promoting quality education in the far flung areas of Gilgit Baltistan is also questionable. It is utter reality that the standard of education in government schools and colleges in not up to the mark which can be affecting the students career. And there is another possibility which cannot be ruled out that if the students themselves are not interested towards their studies

It is true that the situation of Gilgit Baltistan is threatening and alarming in terms of new generation and their education. Due to such high dropout rate, the division of elite students and deprived students is clearly visible. Those deprived students who are the victims of this drop out rate they have just frustration and hardship in life. There is a huge possibility that this frustration may lead them to social evils. But at the same time, the elite students are thinking higher and higher and they want to achieve a lot in their life.

Being a citizen of Gilgit Baltistan think for a moment that who is going to play role in narrowing down this polarization. Don’t you think civil society has to come forward to think seriously over this issue? Government should revisit its educational policy and NGO’s should invest more in educational sector. This problem needs a long term and permanent solution. Although it is time consuming but still it is not late.

Naubahar Rafi
Member M&A Council
Orgainization For Educational Change(OEC)
Student FAST-NU Peshawer

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12 Responses to Elite vs deprived students of Gilgit Baltistan: Educational Polarization

  1. Maria Jabeen says:

    first of all i will appreciate the article and the reasons which are being observed. Actually what i feel alot is the lessening of the community observation and involvement due to many reasons like dependency on Government/Civil organizations or too much involvement of NGOs. We are leaving our value basically which is to volunteer and serve our community. Now adays every one is after their personal development but we are forgetting that we need to develop together. Seek opprtunities for yourself and disseminate the information you have. Connect people to resources you know which can help them out.

  2. Ghazanfar Ali says:

    Nice subject to be discussed at such a platform. However, the article is about polarization and polarization here entails financial status of the families (thats for sure). Polarization basically emerges as a result of failed Government institutions (Education Institution). Privatization of education institutions has (in most of the cases) made the access of quality education institutions limited to the affluent.
    However, I do not think the solution of this polarization is that simple. Here we are talking about a developing society of a developing country. The causes of this polarization is manifold. Just to quote on of the many causes of the drop outs, people in the outskirts of Gilgit, Skardu and Hunza are not still taking the population growth seriously. The faster the population grows the scarce the resources gets, making limited the sources of income. With the limited sources of income, and a huge family size one automatically trades the education off his children to make his bread and butter.
    The Affluents on the other side, though have the financial resources, also have the knowledge of the happenings of time. They know how to plan for his “small nuclear family”.
    Those parents who are already not educated wont be convinced with the awareness sessions on educations. I personally think there is a need of raising awareness of people on the budgeting of the family.

  3. raja sajid says:

    awesome efforts dear!!!! thumbs up!!!
    the educational system in the region is no doubt in a delipideted condition which is indeed a great threat to the prosperity of the region in the long run..
    but we have to fight against these challages and jhow come that be possible? i think the way you guys have started working on OEC and MILKYWAY TRUST and possibly there could be others as well, these are the highest landmarks to rip off the educational polarization.. u guys are doing awesome things.. Allah bless u with more power and courage to work in a much more efficient way.. amin

  4. Bushra ali says:

    I appreciate your effort but there are some problems in it.These dropout rates are very general we should have a look over them by focusing different aspects like gender of the student and Urban/Rural dichotomies. We will see hell of difference If we look at these facts and figures by considering these issues . We will come to know that how many boys of a specific area are acquiring education to particular level and how many of them are deprived from it and vice verse. e.g. how much girls of Gilgit (developed district) are completing their matriculation or graduation as compare to the a girl of another underprivileged districts . This would be very helpful for the government as well as for NGO`s to invest more fruitfully.
    Apart from the factors you have mentioned, I think the most important factor culture/tradition is missing. In some cultures people do not appreciate formal education (especially for girls). One of the reasons behind it may be that the people takes formal education as “WESTERN” and send their son to MADARSAS and keeps their daughters at home.
    Secondly I do not agree your statement that the dropout rate can bring frustration and hardships in life. If it is so then why the people who have a lot of knowledge get frustrated and face hardships in getting satisfied? And having a degree of specific level is not actually education. Majority of noble people are not “educated” (have any) and educated people are not noble. So we should define the word “education” itself first.
    At last I will recommend that apart from relying on government and NGO`s , civil society must pinch the faculty and government itself to have effective results and the teaching techniques and text of the books should be reexamined to bring moderate knowledge.

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