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Why Pakistani students science-phobic?

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article image By Pervez HoodbhoyLocal books seem designed to kill curiosity rather than nurture it. Mathematics is reduced to a set of drills devoid of relevance and meaning while physics, chemistry and biology are just about remembering formulae and diagrams. Whether written from scratch, or with bits cut and pasted from here or there, these books give no hint that knowledge is being continuously created by human endeavour and intelligenceSCHOOL SYLLABI demand it, but even then few young Pakistanis want to…Read More

Why are Pakistani students science-phobic?

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article image SCHOOL SYLLABI demand it, but even then few young Pakistanis want to study science subjects and still fewer want to become scientists. Many generations have found science so odiously dull that they are now indifferent - even hostile - to a subject that stands at the very pinnacle of human understanding and progress. While some of our better students will be reasonably successful in science-related professions such as engineering, medicine, and information technology, their poor science…Read More