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Teachers ignoring professional standards in schools.

Byline: Mohammad Ashfaq

PESHAWAR -- Around 40 per cent of the teachers of government schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa don't follow the national professional standards for pre-primary classes though the government spent hundreds of millions of rupees on their training, reveals a report of the elementary and secondary education department.

According to the relevant officials, only 60 per cent of the teachers have been found to be practicing national professional standards in pre-primary classrooms.

The report of the School Quality Management Initiative (SQMI) was prepared recently after the department's officials inspected 8,000 out of the province's 24,000 primary schools during the last three months.

The officials said the education department had launched SQMI to ensure better quality of education in the government schools by checking the students learning outcome, teaching methodologies and classroom environment.

They said the SQMI was initially implemented in the pre-primary classes (grade 2 and below) and would gradually be extended to other classes.

Officials say govt spent a lot on the training of these pre-primary class teachers

The officials said under the SQMI, around 500 assistant district education officers visited primary schools in their respective circles to observe the teaching methodologies and students learning outcome.

An ADEO told Dawn that during the visit, the officials sat for half an hour in the classrooms and observe the teaching methodologies whether or not they are following national professional standards for teachers.

'Inside classrooms, the ADEOs analysed the teachers' teaching methodologies through a format installed in android phones,' he said.

The ADEO said the teachers' shortcomings observed in the classrooms were reported by the officials to the relevant quarters for correction.

He said head teachers of those schools were responsible for ensuring the adherence to the national professional standards by teachers in classrooms.

'In the next visit to schools, we will check whether the flaws observed in the previous visit were removed,' he said.

Sources in the education department said all ADEOs had been provided with proper training on how to operate the android phones and specific applications installed to collect the required data.

They said the SQMI would improve the quality of inspection at school level, standardise teaching learning process according to the curriculum pacing, and rank schools on the basis of standards.

The sources said the teachers not following national professional standards were posted to schools in Battagram, Torghar and Kohistan districts.

A senior official of the education department said the government had allocated Rs854 million in the current financial year for the teacher training and of it, a major chunk had already been used on provision of training to 49,320 teachers of the government schools.

The official, who oversees the teacher training programmes, said the PTI government had allocated a huge amount for teacher training unlike its predecessors, which literally ignored it.

'In the past, only small teacher training programmes were executed and that, too, in few areas. In fact, no government owned the teachers training,' he said.

When asked about the 'deteriorating' teaching standards in government schools, he said no one had so far held teachers responsible for their bad performance and therefore, the people lost trust in the government schools.

The official said a lot of changes had been witnessed in the education system, especially in the medium of instruction from Urdu to English language and standardisation of books.

'In such situation, the teachers appointed decades ago with intermediate qualification needed a lot of improvement, which no one heeded,' he said.
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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:May 27, 2018
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