Misleading Figures

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.

KSU 50 Years Anniversary LogoTake 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)

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4 thoughts on “Misleading Figures

  1. No .. you should blame our education system.. because it needs to change.. some of the material and the curriculums haven’t changes in decades.. I studied medical school in KAU in jeddah and went abroad to do my post graduate studies and I get constantly asked why did I leave to come to canada to finish? and I hate to answer that question without giving a long answer that doesn’t make sense to them or to me.. I have friends that are now working in an academic positions and when they go to department meetings and propose changes they are faced with a brick wall.. and I dont know the resone is it laziness.. or are we just used to living in the past and afraid to join the rest of the world..

  2. and yes they are proud of the numbers.. but thats all they have.. what else and where else are youth are going to go.. thats all that is available and we are a growing population..

  3. Apply for several jobs that you would normally be qualified for with your degree, and when they reject you get a letter from each place specifying that your skills and education are inadequate.

    Then get a good American lawyer to sue the university and government for fraud and demand damages sufficient to compensate you for the wasted years and to support you through a proper education at an institute abroad. The lawyer may suggest a class action type suit, in which the university and government is required to compensate all past graduates in the same way.

    If the suit fails or cannot be filed, go through the same routine with some US firms, and then have the lawyer file suit in America.

    :)
    ;)

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