Tariq al-Maeena points out to
some many flaws in our education system. He, as usual, makes some valid points there, but the thing that I want to emphasize here is numbers. “Although the figures being touted by the Ministry of Education on the number of graduates annually may provide them a false sense of pride, very little is debated on the quality and marketability of these graduates,” he wrote. Unfortunately, this problem is common in all of our educational institutes.
Take KSU, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and where yours truly is studying, for example. They always brag about the fact that more 60,000 students, male and female, are studying at the university at any given time in the past few years. No one, however, dares to ask about the quality of education these students receive there. I have been studying there for the past four years, and I can tell you for sure that the word ‘quality’ does not mean much, if anything, in KSU.
Moreover, the false sense of pride over misleading figures is not restricted to education. Many government sectors here like to talk about such numbers without actually asking themselves what these numbers actually mean. Oh, and yes, out of the eight skills he mentions in his column, I got only two of them, and I’m not so good at any of these two. But of course, I don’t blame our education system because I already talked about how dysfunctional it is, so I only have myself to blame :-( (via xrda)