Twitterstorm: Unpacking Pakistan’s Education Crises, One Tweet at a Time
On Tuesday, The Guardian published my article on Pakistan’s education crises, leading to a minor twitterstorm about education policy and what donors have contributed (or not).
Nadia Naviwala, a Woodrow Wilson Global Fellow, and Dr Nadeem Haque, the former deputy chairman of Pakistan’s Planning Commission, led the charge of the Twitter debate.
How it started:
Nadeem came in with some historical perspective.
The problem lies with the centralisation of power.
Local knowledge for local problems
Perspective from the ground. A teacher says that Punjab just wants to “enroll new students by any means regardless of what the ground realities are.”
A teacher in KP says that the government keeps changing the language used in schools without any reason or research.
A serious question was raised: why are some government and all private school in Pakistan using English textbooks when teachers and students don’t speak English?
So many aid-fuelled consultants.
Summing it up.