CSS Age Relaxation Pakistan #CSSAGERELAXATION
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The Prime Minister
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Subject: CSS Age Relaxation for underprivileged Class of Pakistan
Educational inequality is a curse. Out of its countless damages wrecked is one to the civil superior services examination. It is producing an oppressive environment in competitive exams for marginalized class as the larger chunk of population is disadvantaged in academics. When they start CSS preparation, after completing Masters, at the age of 25 or older, they are at level zero in skills required by CSS exam. Several years are needed to learn English language (one of the core skills required for CSS), for learning a language takes years of hard work and dedication. It is more unlikely to pass when most of underprivileged class have to support their family financially, after graduation. Several other problems faced only by the middle class on further eclipses their chances of qualifying CSS within certain period of time.
The elite or advantaged class, on the other hand, studies from modern institutes from school to graduation. Learning is qualitative in such institutes. The graduates of such institutes are already equipped with English language skills (one of the core skills required for CSS). As a result the advantaged class exploits the age limit rules set by FPSC and beats the disadvantaged class with no difficulty. This is the story of thousands of such less endowed candidates who do not qualify the civil services in the limited time frame, and they live the rest of their life with a wish that if there were few more years and attempts available they would have been qualified the exam.
Career counselling were not available at the initial level of education to underprivileged class. Therefore, many students ended up with wrong career choices and confused career goals. It was state's responsibility as stated in the article 25-A to provide 16 years of quality education to its youth.
United Nation Development Program (UNDP) report indicates: 38% of Pakistan's population is between the age of 25 and 54, and, 22% are between ages 15 to 24. This shows, the cutoff age limit thwart many candidates between the ages of 30-35 to pursue their career in the civil services.
In most of our neighboring countries, developing and even developed countries age limit is 35 and exam attempt limit is more than 6. General age limit in Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia are 35 years. However in India it is 32 general still lower than of us. Sri Lankan civil services age has been increased from 30 to 32.
Lifting the age ban will provide equality of opportunity. It will open a window for more middle class and lower middle class motivated, talented, and matured and exposure driven lot to let them into the civil services. It will strengthen bureaucracy as bureaucrats with underprivileged background understand the problems of their underprivileged class which is highest percentage of our population.
Most of the countries, developed and developing, including our immediate neighbors have general age limit of 35 years, however, in Pakistan it is 30, despite the fact that Pakistan has comparatively more poor and unequal education system. Therefore, timely age relaxation by the government may yield some relief to the larger disadvantaged population of our society.
The existing rules of age and attempt limitations for CSS has handicapped the already underprivileged class. We the underprivileged class also dream to go be a part of privileged bureaucracy. Shouldn’t we get equal chances to qualify the exam? Although we will not be able to join civil services at middle twenties like privileged class, we will be thankful to join it in early thirties rather than being barred for entering forever. We would be grateful if the cutoff age limit for CSS is increased to 35 for general public and number of attempts are also increased to six.
The Underprivileged youth of Pakistan
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