No captivating actions taken by the government certainly indicate a conspiracy. It is said that if an authoritarian regime wants to ensure its longevity,
the first thing it attacks is the educational system to exploit them easily.
This seems to hold true in case of Balochistan where the tradition
of deliberately keeping people uneducated has passed on to generations. The absence of education and awareness and presence of ignorance in Balochistan manifests itself in different harrowing forms.
The crisis of education remains unresolved
For any development, education is the foundation.
Unfortunately, The literacy rate in Balochistan is very low – 39%. There are more than 12,500 primary schools however, 7000 schools are without classrooms and teachers. According to reports, 70 percent of children in Balochistan are out of schools.
It is further revealed that at least 60 percent of children in Balochistan drop out by the time they reach the primary level, whereas 45 percent of students quit prior to completion of matriculation.
Most of the government schools in Quetta, and particularly in rest of other rural areas of the province, are operating in the open, without electricity and basic facilities such as drinking water and toilets.
According to the Balochistan Education Sector Plan, BESP (2013-2018), the Balochistan government
implemented reforms initiatives for bringing a quality standard to testing of learning levels, restructuring of the system through District Education Authorities ( DEA), and to work for, retention and learning outcomes etc. More woefully despite these reforms
claimed by the provincial government, the crisis to education stands unresolved.
When the children are
deprived of education and youth are denied opportunities, this frustration and lack of opportunities lead them to violence and crime. Blaming the local chieftains as real impediments is a passe. The truth is that the regime is following the theory of destroying
the educational curriculum & value system to prolong the occupation of the province & strengthen its control.
The possibility that
the state-sponsored Islamic extremists are given a free run to wage a war against educational institutes especially those teaching the girls cannot be completely overruled. In the garb of providing security, intervention becomes way easier.
Biggest Enemy of Education System in Balochistan
Systematic oppression, bad governance, corruption, mismanagement of natural resources, etc have created a black hole of social crisis, amongst which the education sector in the province is worst-hit.