Letter To Editor | Education For All

WE live in a society in which merit is considered to be purely related to an individuals talent and hard work, it is important to understand that meritocracy is a product of privilege and anybody can fetch a good merit if given the proper guidance and equipped with adequate resources. As long we turn a blind eye to this basic fact we can never lift our population out of poverty, achieve great miles and harness our societies true potential. It is important to establish a level playing filed where everyone gets an equal opportunity to explore their interests and hone their skills. The government has to reach out to people and apprise them about the importance of education.

Investing on educating the youth will have countless benefits for the society. It is necessary that the government incentivises people to enrol their children in schools and higher educational institutes and ensures that the quality education is imparted to the students by certified teachers professors .In Kashmir, the past several years have dented the education system quite badly especially for the underprivileged, the provision of quality education was disrupted by the political crises and the outbreak of the Covid was a final nail in the coffin. This period has witnessed a high drop out rate especially among girls. According to the the Ministry of education report the drop out rate among secondary and elementary education levels has increased to 16.6 % and 3.7% from 2019 to 2020.One primary reason for the dropout rate can be attributed to bias for boys' education which prevails in our society. The remedy for correcting this problem is to provide the girls with the necessary resources to continue their education. The government should subsidise the provision of books or give them at a free cost, this may seem insignificant but this is an impediment for many in our society. We should ensure that no child is bereft of education because of the lack of capital.

Safoora Shafi

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