Danish Schools system
Lahore, Dec 06: There is hardly any doubt that the education system in Pakistan is fast falling apart mainly because of the poor quality of education and inadequate availability of funds. The official claim puts the literacy rate at 49.9 per cent (Punjab: 59 percent), while in actual fact it is far lower. In such a backdrop the idea of launching Danish Schools is strikingly good, particularly in a country like ours where literacy rate is less than any other state of the South Asian region, let alone the rest of the world. The Chief Minister of Punjab, Mian Sahabaz Sharif, must be complimented for conceiving the plan of such a school system that would ensure quality education to the students of backward areas whose parents cannot afford to send their children to educational institutions due to financial constraints. This shows his commitment to the cause of the down-trodden masses who can only dream of seeing their next generation being imparted with quality education with no financial burden to them.
The objective of setting up Danish Schools in backward areas was to provide modern educational facilities there so that their sense of deprivation could be removed and they feel part of the mainstream. To ensure this, such a mechanism has been devised that there would be no bureaucratic or political interference in the affairs of the Danish Schools. Their regulatory authority would be autonomous to ensure admission on merit.
The introduction of such a schooling system in far-flung areas of the province also demonstrates that Punjab rulers were not only interested in betterment of the lot of urban elite’s children but their heart also bleeds for the rural population deprived of basis needs. This is also very encouraging to observe that the Chief Minister has not relaxed after announcing the project but is keenly taking a follow-up action by frequently visiting the sites of these schools. If the Punjab government can achieve desired results from Danish Schools, this system then can be spread to entire province, and the rest of the country can follow it. The nation