O levels, A levels, O levels, A levels the word heard everywhere. Being a part of the society I also got fascinated from these two terminologies and decided to opt it and left the Pakistani curriculum behind. Happily I completed my A levels, scored well and decided to go abroad for the higher studies. What ABROAD? No. How can you even think about it? Have you forgotten your norms and values? MONEY, where is it going to come from?
After all this I decided to join a Pakistani University for higher studies. PROBLEM PROBLEM. A levels! Not FSc? Then you need to apply for an equivalency certificate and I came to know that they considered my IGCSE (11th) as 10th grade and 13th grade as 12th grade only. Oh! I lost my two years for no reason. When I got my certificate, the eyes went wide open in surprise to see that my 20% of the marks were deducted. I don’t know why.
Next step was the admission tests. Every university conducts its own test along with NTS whereas medical or engineering universities conduct their respective test like ECAT, MCAT. The syllabus of the majority tests was from the Pakistani curriculum. Again I was left behind in the race of thousands. Pakistani curriculum offers much detailed course as compared to the other systems. More knowledge, more understanding leading to more opportunities.
Finally after 2 attempts I was able to clear the admission test and got admission. When I went for fee submission I was astonished to see that without burdening my father financially, I was able to study in one of the top universities of Pakistan that ranked top not only in Pakistan but also stood among the ranking universities of Asia. Well educated faculty, friendly environment, modern libraries and well equipped classrooms with modern techniques made it where it stands today. The time I spent in university was the best moments of my life.
BUT, the reason I quit Pakistani curriculum in school, was the descriptive writing in every subject. Although, it develops writing skills but most of the students find it difficult to cope with. Computational creativity, problem solving skills and digital capabilities must be taught at the elementary level.
Education is far from being an absolute term. Its status remains relative and varies from year to year, decade to decade and from generation to generation. By keeping this reality in mind our policy makers must devise a curriculum which is dynamic and adoptable per the changing needs of time. It’s not too early, but just the right time to make the reforms in curriculum according to the needs of future. And the sooner it is done, the better.