Ambitious Agenda for Education, Really?

The way the current federal government has disappointed the people of Pakistan in every sector, the same has been true for higher education. If you go through the ruling party’s 2018 election manifesto, it clearly states: “PTI will put in place the most ambitious education agenda in Pakistan’s history, spanning reform of primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational, and special education”. One of the many unfulfilled promises from a party that championed itself at bragging about bringing revolution once they came in power.

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The Looming Doom

With the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, one thing that has become vivid is, almost every local phenomenon has a global impact. Though, this facet of reality had surfaced itself right in the first quarter of twentieth century through World War 1 which was triggered by a singular event i.e. the assassination of Austrian archduke and his wife by a Bosnian revolutionary. But we failed to realize it. And though the term ‘glocalization’ was first coined in Harvard Business Review, in 1980, by sociologist Roland Robertson, according to whom it meant “the simultaneity—the co-presence—of both universalizing and particularizing tendencies,” the full understanding of this phenomenon has just been truly realized, or has it been?

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