Qual­ity teach­ers?

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - HASHIM ABRO

Last evening, I have had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend one If­tar-din­ner along with more than five dozen of ed­u­ca­tors, aca­demi­cians, ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tors and lit­er­ary fig­ures, jointly hosted by two ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions of a two-friendly coun­tries op­er­at­ing in Pak­istan and around the globe, ar­ranged in the hos­tel of their pres­ti­gious chain of in­ter­na­tional schools.

A host of is­sues of mutual in­ter­ests such as ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural and spir­i­tual ties, among oth­ers, came un­der the dis­cus­sion. The learned or­ga­niz­ers lamented the non-avail­abil­ity of qual­ity teach­ers in Pak­istan and then they ap­prised the par­tic­i­pants of their strat­egy how they suc­ceeded in get­ting enough qual­ity teach­ers into class­rooms, es­pe­cially, those male and fe­male who com­plete their stud­ies from their school. They pick the brains. They give them the de­sired in­cen­tives. They grow and groom them both in Pak­istan and abroad to be­come “qual­ity teach­ers.

In­deed, Qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is ed­u­ca­tion that counts and works for the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the ail­ing na­tions like ours and re-in­vig­o­ra­tion of the dead and dys­func­tional in­sti­tu­tions, aw we have nowa­days in our coun­try but un­for­tu­nately qual­ity teach­ers short­age re­mains a se­ri­ous con­cern in Pak­istan and so for the rel­e­vant fed­eral and pro­vin­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions have done noth­ing to grow the qual­ity teach­ers and train­ers, in­stead they have done ev­ery­thing to pro­mote com­mer­cial, Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tions and pla­gia­rism-based teach­ers.

Our qual­ity un­con­scious rulers and rel­e­vant or­ga­ni­za­tions al­ways in­crease re­cruit­ment at the ex­pense of qual­ity, there­fore, like many oth­ers, I am not op­ti­mistic about the im­prove­ment of the pro­vi­sion of good qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, an ad­e­quate pool of pas­sion­ate and trained teach­ers and pro­pi­tious stu­dent-teacher ra­tio con­di­tions in this coun­try. Had the chil­dren of our qual­ity un­con­scious rul­ing elite, cor­rupt to the core bu­reau­crats and prodi­gal tech­nocrats been get­ting ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan, not abroad, then they would have be­come qual­ity con­scious and they also would have over­come dif­fer­ent types of pre-ser­vice or in-ser­vice teacher ed­u­ca­tion prob­lems, in­clud­ing ca­reer growth and in­cen­tives as be­ing en­joyed by the civil ser­vants, among oth­ers? — Is­lam­abad

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