Ground­break­ing study on Pak­istani teach­ers launched

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Teach­ers in Pak­istan, es­pe­cially gov­ern­ment school teach­ers, are of­ten blamed for vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing that is wrong with the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. In fact we know very lit­tle about or­di­nary Pak­istani teach­ers, the chal­lenges they face and the support they need to do their jobs prop­erly. A new study launched to­day by the ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign Alif Ai­laan aims to change that. The Voice of Teach­ers, a ground­break­ing study of Pak­istani teach­ers, talks to the men and women who are charged with the task of ed­u­cat­ing this coun­try’s chil­dren, of­ten un­der the most dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. Con­ducted by the So­ci­ety for the Ad­vance­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (SAHE), in part­ner­ship with Alif Ai­laan, the study is based on an ex­ten­sive survey of more than 1,250 teach­ers and head teach­ers in gov­ern­ment and pri­vate schools across the coun­try. “Teach­ers have a cen­tral role to play in ef­forts to re­form the coun­try’s sys­tem of ed­u­ca­tion,” said Ab­bas Rashid, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of SAHE and one of the co-au­thors of the study. “Our survey is an at­tempt to find out what teach­ers think about the prob­lems plagu­ing the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and, im­por­tantly, about their role in pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion cation to Pak­istan’s chil­dren.” The survey in­ter­viewed 1,264 teach­ers (823 teach­ers and 441 head teach­ers) from 634 gov­ern­ment and pri­vate schools in 15 dis­tricts, cov­er­ing ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas in all four prov­inces. Its find­ings chal­lenge many of the myths sur­round­ing Pak­istan’s teach­ing work­force.

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