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For God's sake remove this contractualism. It has ruined us



The wellbeing of a society depends on our educated its people are. Education builds up capacity. It inculcates everlasting values like respect, honor, integrity, justice, goodness and kindness in humans. Now the question arises in the context of our state that whether students and teachers are seen and taught in such paradigm or not? But Alas! Irrespective of the fact that the state of J&K is full of colleges but still the output is dismally low. The whole education setup, especially higher secondary and college level, has become a theatre of mediocrity where students vie for pass marks and teachers wait for their salaries. Beyond that we have not been able to move. There are reasons responsible for that. 
The government has failed to uphold a genuine education system. The quality of our education is fading away day by day. Our government by not taking any serious decision is complicating the problem. I being myself part of this system feel shocked to see the condition of contractual lecturers and how they are treated in the educational setup. They are considered as labourers who are hired for tilling the personal gardens of college authorities. They are treated as if they don’t exist and if they do but still they don’t have any individuality. They are been given such a notion that they are working on the mercy of college authorities. Everybody looks down upon them as if they are beggars. They constantly work under a scare of losing a job.  This is the impression I got after interacting with different college lecturers. Majority of the contractual lecturers are married or whose only means of income is this their contractual job. To rub salt to their wounds they get their salaries only after three to four month as if they are receiving alms. Neither is there any formal and well planned policy of posting lecturers to colleges nor anyone to question their decisions. This alienation is inturn affecting the whole structure of higher education and makes it absurd because there is neither any economic security nor any job security to all those contractual lecturers who are not only working from past one year but to those who are in this system from more than five years. Until and unless government will take any serious stand to overhaul this contractual system, our education system will go from bad to worse.
Our colleges have become more politicized losing their academic significance. Our higher education shapes up our tomorrow, but here it is spoiling our future. We request the higher Education Minister to fulfill all promises he made with us during the strike period in 2011. It is high time that the higher education department and the education Minister took some serious steps towards this burning issue because. Let's not forget society which doesn’t give respect to its torchbearers will never raise to the heights of glory and wisdom.

[Mehraj Din is Contractual Lecture, Govt Boys Degree College, Islamabad (Anantnag)]

Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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