Institute of Space Technology (IST) observed World Quality Day in Islamabad. The day’s purpose was to bring awareness about the standards and modern approaches toward quality systems, which include such processes as evaluating influences on human lives. To celebrate the day, a seminar was organised which was participated by students, educationists and Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) officials from various universities across Pakistan. The day was first celebrated in 1989 in Europe by Quality Organisations of Europe (EOQ) and in the USA by American Society for Quality (ASQC) and in Japan by Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE).
The following year in 1990, it was adopted by the United Nations to be formally celebrated around the world. Each year, there is a different theme for the celebration of the day to highlight the importance of quality in everything. This year, IST chose the theme of “Quality in Education”. PIQC Institute of Quality’s Dr. Kamran Moosa and Prof. Abdul Wahid Mir spoke on the occasion about the quality of education today in Pakistan.
According to Dr. Moosa, today’s education is Pakistan faces a lot of challenges at all levels. The biggest issue that deprives quality education in Pakistan to become a reality is the lack of proper accreditation system for quality control of educational services in schools. With the growth of tuition centres around the country and dependence of students on them, schools are ignored for their lack of high standards.
The culture of tutoring a child has given a sense in parents that they are fulfilling their part of the responsibility of providing quality education, whereas the truth is just the opposite. More often it is the case that these tuition centres are nothing more than money-making machines for the owners who take it as a business. Education cannot be taken as a business, but as a moral and civic responsibility.
According to Dr. Moosa, more than Rs.20 billion additional amounts are being spent on educational cost and some 1800 billion hours spent on tutoring that do not uplift the education standard required for development, research and scientific attitude. However, if the same amount of time and money could be devoted to preparing better systems for quality education, the profits and benefits for both the students, parents and the country can be achieved.
Dr. Moosa suggests establishment of evening programmes to increase literacy rate in Pakistan and to improve education. Prof. Wahid Mir talked about the development of quality education through Student Quality Circles (SQC), which is a new approach for educational institutes. SQC makes a student wholesome and complete in his studies, behavior and personality. This is a good way to responsible citizenship too.