I, a student of Dow Medical College, did my O-Levels and then did Inter from St Joseph's College. My experience with the two systems has brought my attention towards differences between the two educational systems. I have some propositions to make to bring our education system up to international standards. Firstly, I request the concerned authorities to replace the derivation of formulas by its wide application as we find in the Cambridge system. Derivations are a simple cramming of text, being entirely futile. The students of Pakistan need to be sharp and polished, geared up to solve any problem any time. This is only possible if they are made to apply text rather than its histories. Another dilemma is the trend of coaching systems, which have played havoc with the country. They have become merely a businesses selling literature in the name of education. They are not only a great burden on parents, but have also obscured the values of our government institutions. The way out of this is to encourage students to give answers in their own words rather than promote the trend of rote learning that has set in. Why should our examinations be diagnostic centres for memory ailments? Students should also be free to opt for subjects of their choice in Matric and Inter, so they can better analyse their professional lives. Undoubtedly; Pakistan Studies, Islamiat, English and Urdu should be compulsory; but students should have their own choice in the rest. Lastly, our struggle should be to bring our education system in conformation with Islamic injunctions. We have lost our values because we have shunned Quranic teachings. Our country was made in the name of Islam but, sadly, our education system does not show that. -DR NASIM AMIN DHEDHI, Karachi, via e-mail, May 29.