In recent times, the SRI International for the Department of Education revealed a 93-page report founded on one of the serious topics these days i.e. online education.Surprising but true, the report shows that students enrolled in an online educational course exhibit an improved performance when it comes to their comparison with students attending the brick-and-mortar educational schemes.The study bases its conclusions from the broad research on online education in opposition to the typical classroom teaching from 1996 to 2008. Though, a part of it was in K-12 premises, a considerably bigger part of the research was done at the level of colleges and continuing-education programs for adults in a variety of field, ranging from medical science to military education.The outcome was analyzed on the basis of the 99 studies involving points, indicating which type of education (online or class room) is more beneficial for student’s overall performance in the diverse educational fields. It then became evident from the conclusions of those studies that on the whole, students pursuing some or a number of courses online would more likely rank in the 59th percentile in terms of experienced performance, while the average classroom student would score in the 50th percentile. Now, this theory indicates a significant amount of major difference in both the learning methods.Barbara Means who’s the lead author of the study and a teaching psychologist says that the study is essentially aimed for the promotion of the fact that online study currently is far better than the conservative educational methods. Though, this doesn’t indicate that the time to “greet farewell” to classrooms has arrived. The chief aim of the study is to promote online education at a higher level for an improved and flexible educational method. Online education bases its success from the advancement in technology and the inclusion of highly developed online tools, which have together made online learning not only better but fun too.Experts explain that online education plays an important role in the provision of individual attention to every learner that turns out to be highly problematic in a classroom loaded with a number of students. Consequently, a significantly big student majority takes this system as more engaging and winning than the traditional one.According to Dean Philip R. Regier, online education is at its inflection point. Therefore, the maximum near-term growth will prove to be in continuing educational programs. In fact, a usual university accommodates 5,000 students in its continuing education programs, including in-person classes and online courses. If this educational strategy continues to maintain its recognition, the number of students is likely to triple within the upcoming three to five years.It is also believed that online education can additionally play a role in the complete conversion of college campuses. Today, universities and several K-12 schools are incorporating online educational management systems, such as the Blackboard or the open-source Moodle. These are extensively used in the submissions of coursework, reading lists, and class timetable and even hosting some Web discussion boards.It is because of the improved involvement of social networking technology, things seem to be quite diverse. Students will not only facilitate themselves but be trained to help others too. For example, it will be understood that college students are familiar with the basics of calculus, and the classroom time will focus more on applying the math on practical situations – perhaps in understanding the physics of weather changes or ups and downs in stock rates. This implies that people can accomplish a degree in a shorter span of time.According to Mr. Regier, the latest educational scheme can effectively develop learning communities in the middle of students in a number of ways. It is evident that online education will give education a new shape- something beyond the classrooms. Education will then be free, accessible for anyone irrespective of the learner’s location. This surely can modify the way we work and can without any doubt influence the literacy rates in a positive manner.
In this rapidly advancing era, the importance of education cannot be denied. It is crucial for progress and prosperity of any nation. With literacy rate as low as 51.6 percent, (63.7 for males and 39.2 percent for females), 53 million of world’s illiterates are found in Pakistan. Islamabad ranks second with the highest number of out-of-school children.Economic GrowthIt has been proved by development experts that basic education is essential for financial and societal progress. Every year of school increases individual’s wages by 10 per cent globally. As many as 164 multinational companies working in Pakistan with an investment of 55.779 billion rupees are dependent on qualified people. Local industries also require educated people to proceed. A skilled and educated person has an immense potential to work efficiently.DisciplineNeedless to say that educated societies are disciplined and there is less violation of rules and regulations. People work in harmony with one another. Authorities are respected and people tend to fulfill their responsibilities.ToleranceSurprisingly, education inculcates tolerance. It is highly essential to fight against religious fanaticism. It is generally observed that intolerant societies are largely uneducated. There are more anti-social activities as well.Solution for Domestic ProblemsRegrettably, Pakistan is a country with high rate of domestic violence and family problems. The victims of these issues are either completely illiterate or not educated enough. So, they remain unable to eradicate such abominable practices.Each year, a large number of women are beaten, tortured or burnt by their husbands or families. Victims have fewer places to escape to. Violence against women is not considered a major offense in the country.Education gives empowerment, especially to women and they develop sense of their rights and responsibilities.Communication SkillsIt is a fact that education helps a great deal in improving communication. It plays an important role to uplift a nation. Consequently, social cohesion and mutual understanding is also achieved.IdentityToday, people are recognized and appreciated by their qualification and profession. For instance, doctors and professors are held in high esteem in the society. The only thing Pakistan has to offer to the world is human resource. Therefore, it needs to focus on its education sector.Quality of lifeAbove all, education improves quality of life. It reduces poverty, develops sense of right and wrong and adds meaning to life. It helps modernize and update with the changing times.Important factsIn Pakistan, every field requires educated individuals, especially the institutes of higher education, hospitals and health centers that are in awful condition owing to a dearth of loyal staff and administration. According to higher education commission of Pakistan, there are 124 universities in Pakistan of which 68 are public and 56 are private universities. Obviously, these cannot be controlled by laymen, avaricious mill owners, illiterate feudal, corrupt politicians, aimless fanatics or extremists that are abound in the country.ConclusionTo combat with religious radicalism, social disparity, political turmoil and innumerable internal problems; Pakistan urgently needs to improve and modernize its education system. It has to bring positive changes in its academic policy to rank among the fast growing nations in the world.