University of Education short of teachers
LAHORE, July 2(Dawn): The University of Education (UoE) is faced with shortage
of qualified teachers owing to expansion at higher education level, Vice
Chancellor Dr Munawar S Mirza said at the convocation of the university on
Speaking at the UoE's auditorium at its Bank Road campus on
Saturday, she said buildings of most of the UoE's campuses were old and there
was a need of more funds against the sanctioned Rs120 million. The UoE has 11
campuses across the province.
She said libraries were needed at each
campus and the university would soon submit a plan to the Higher Education
Commission for funds to establish digital and electronically advanced
She demanded that the government give endowment funds to
launch scholarships to attract talented candidates to
Addressing the convocation, Governor Khalid Maqbool said
thousands of teachers should be recruited to impart good quality education to
increase the literacy rate from 62 per cent to 90 per cent.
said he had asked position holders of UoE why good quality teachers were not
coming up. He said the position holders said the teachers' low salaries were the
main hurdle in attracting people to the profession.
He said the
government wanted to draw talented people in teaching and for this the
government would offer scholarships.
The governor said the government
provided funds to the university and now it should produce teachers, who have
full command on their subjects, understand students' psyche and know techniques
to impart quality education to their pupils.
"The teachers churned out by
universities must be sought after not only in Pakistan but all over the region,"
He suggested teachers be assessed, evaluated and certified on
"If the government does not ask for accountability, quality
of teaching will be compromised," he said. He said good teachers were earning
hundreds of thousands in the private sector.
He said the government would
make UoE's Okara campus its main campus and also fund its other 11 campuses to
transform them into mini-universities. Mr Maqbool and Punjab Education Minister
Mian Imran Masood presented medals to outstanding students.
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