THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION in the Developing World has become a major, major stumbling block.

It seems that the major issue in just about all the cases of jobs and employment is that of the *quality of education*. writes Associate Professor Faisal Bar, Department of Economics at LUMS, Lahore/Pakistan.

*The quality of education being given to our students across the board is so poor that most of the graduates coming out of universities do not even have the basics-

That are needed for any job in the marketplace or even for being a productive citizen

Their language skills, Urdu and English are poor, their numeracy skills are very elementary, their education does not teach them the basics of communication, inter-personal behaviour management or-

Self-management, but most importantly, and damagingly, they do not even have a grasp of the basics of logic, inductive/deductive reasoning, argumentation, rhetoric, critical or even common-sense thinking.

*And, usually, they do not know how to learn either*.

Over the last or five years, I have had the experience of hiring at many different levels.

From doing interviews for admission in graduate programmes to hiring administrative/finance staff research, research assistance/associates, junior faculty, professors, deans and even heads of the institutions.

I have, quiet literally, done hundreds of interviews  We even conduct written tests for some of the positions.

There have been very few positions in my experience that have required very specific ''skills'' that individuals needed before they could become a good candidate for a job :

In some cases we need research assistants who must have prior experience in certain computer programmes..

For most jobs, one looks for quality of education that the person has had, the quality of their experience. if relevant-

The kind of person the candidate is, and the ability of  the person to deal with questions/issues that would be relevant for the job in question.

The quality of education becomes the major stumbling block.

In interviews and in written tests, candidates show the poor quality of not not only their language skills, but also of their education when they cannot even put together a coherent argument*.

The Honor and Serving of the latest  Operational Research on Education and the  Developing World,  continues to Part 2.


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