Monthly Archives: August 2016

Everything else being equal, the quality of teachers is the most crucial single determinant of student learning. Teachers are an irreplaceable link between the curriculum and the students. Observers of the state of education in Pakistan have repeatedly voiced concerns over the last two decades or so about the quality of poor teachers. These concerns have led to several policy initiatives at the federal and provincial levels aimed at uplifting the quality of teachers by improving teacher preparation and professional development programs and by formulating and implementing improved policies pertaining to teacher recruitment, monitoring and motivation. Development partners have also consistently supported the government’s efforts to reform teacher education and teacher policies.

Date:Aug 2016
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Everything else being equal, the quality of teachers is the most crucial single determinant of student learning. Teachers are an irreplaceable link between the curriculum and the students. Observers of the state of education in Pakistan have repeatedly voiced concerns over the last two decades or so about the quality of poor teachers. These concerns have led to several policy initiatives at the federal and provincial levels aimed at uplifting the quality of teachers by improving teacher preparation and professional development programs and by formulating and implementing improved policies pertaining to teacher recruitment, monitoring and motivation. Development partners have also consistently supported the government’s efforts to reform teacher education and teacher policies.

Date:Aug 2016
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Everything else being equal, the quality of teachers is the most crucial single determinant of student learning. Teachers are an irreplaceable link between the curriculum and the students. Observers of the state of education in Pakistan have repeatedly voiced concerns over the last two decades or so about the quality of poor teachers. These concerns have led to several policy initiatives at the federal and provincial levels aimed at uplifting the quality of teachers by improving teacher preparation and professional development programs and by formulating and implementing improved policies pertaining to teacher recruitment, monitoring and motivation. Development partners have also consistently supported the government’s efforts to reform teacher education and teacher policies.

Date:Aug 2016
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In Pakistan, the private provision of education has become a significant phenomenon across Pakistan in urban as well as rural settings. Some estimates state that almost 40% of enrolled children in Pakistan now attend private schools and the number is only growing. The state has recognized the private sector as an important partner in achieving its goal of universal education and different mechanisms for engaging with private sectors have assumed a prominent position in policy discourse. The complexity of this relationship assumes an added dimension because of the state’s role as a regulator of the private sector in ensuring minimum learning and safety standards are being met and lawful labour practices are being followed.

Date:Aug 2016
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The choice of Medium of Instruction (MOI) molds several essential components of the learning process. The MOI regulates the mode of communication between teachers and students, shapes students’ understanding in the classroom, and assumes an equity dimension if certain languages are accorded a more privileged status in society than others. Since Pakistan’s inception, the choice of MOI has always been a point of contention as some stakeholders advocate for English as it is perceived to be the gateway to global progress, while others stress that Urdu and regional languages are an integral part of Pakistan’s cultural identity and should be treated as such in the classroom. Constantly shifting government policies over the past few decades are a symptom of this tension.

Date:Aug 2016
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