Teachers training and motivation
Most essential elements in education
Islamabad, Nov 7: One of the most essential elements in education that determines quality is the
competence and commitment of the teachers who convey knowledge and values to
their students. It would not be wrong to say that the teaching sector forms the
weakest link in the educational chain in Pakistan. As academic standards
declined over the years, it was inevitable that teachers who were products of
this decaying system would be the ones affected most adversely.
Not only did
this malaise impact on their pedagogic skills and knowledge, it also robbed them
of their motivation. Hence it is a positive sign that education authorities in
various provinces are attempting to address this problem. While the National
Education Policy focuses on in-service training of teachers to improve their
standards, others are offering monetary incentives in a bid to motivate teachers
to do their best.
It is in this context that the Punjab government deserves to
be commended for recognising the key role of teachers and taking the initiative
to institute awards of Rs50,000 each for 1,000 teachers/head teachers for their
performance. Although the criteria have been defined and seem fair enough on
paper, much will depend on how they are applied in practice. Given the
corruption in our society, one hopes that this will not become another avenue
for bestowing favours on the protégés of those who wield power at different
There is, however, one quality which cannot be quantified but is
more important than the yardsticks spelt out for the award. It is a teacher's
ability to motivate his or her students. The best teachers are those who are
able to mould students into knowledgeable, caring human beings that can become
an asset for society and the state.
They should also have the capacity to
motivate students to think rationally and seek knowledge as a life-long pursuit.
One hopes that the Punjab government as well as other provincial administrations
will devise ways and means of mobilising their teaching cadres with incentives
other than monetary gain so that they can pass on their motivation to their
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Education is must for elected officials
Peshawar: According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup
Pakistan, majority of all Pakistanis believe education is extremely important
for elected officials and that people without proper education should not hold
public office; 70% of all respondents claimed that the government is doing wrong
by eliminating the requirement for a Bachelor's degree for people running in the
election, 29% favour the decision and 1% gave no response.
In response to
another question, 48% said both good education and relevant experience is
necessary to be in the government, 34% said only good education matters, 17%
believe only relevant experience counts and 1% gave no response. A nationally
representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked
"Recently, government has decided to withdraw the requirement to have a
bachelor's degree for participating in the elections.
In your view is this
decision right or wrong?" Twenty nine percent (29%) think it is the right
decision, where as 70% believe otherwise. One percent (1%) of the respondents
gave no response. It is notable that a slightly higher percentage of urbanites
(31%) as compared to their rural counterparts (28%) are in the favour of this
In a follow up question the respondents were asked "In your view, in
order to run good government is it more important to have good education,
relevant experience, or both education and experience?" Thirty four percent
(34%) prefer highly educated people to be elected in the government, 17% said
relevant experience matters the most, whereas 48% believe both good education
and experience count. One percent (1%) of the respondents gave no response. The
findings reveal that a proportionately higher percentage of ruralites believe
being highly educated (36%) and having relevant experience (`8%) is more
important to run the government where as a higher percentage of urbanites
believe it's a combination of both good education and relevant experience which
A significantly higher percentage of ANP voters (81%) think both
education and experience are important. The study was released by Gilani
foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup
International. The latest survey was carried out among a sample of 2765 men and
women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country. F.P. Report
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Kohat University vice chancellor kidnapped
Peshawar: Kohat University of Sciences and Technology (KUST) Vice-Chancellor and
former advisor to the NWFP governor Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel was reportedly
kidnapped while coming to Peshawar along with his driver and a staff member on
Dr Lutfullah, a senior academician and a well-known scientist of
the province, was on way back to his residence in the Professors Colony at the
University of Peshawar campus after leaving his institution on Friday
It was learnt that his driver and an unidentified staff member were
accompanying the vice-chancellor and had reportedly been freed by the
unidentified kidnappers while Dr Kakakhel along with his vehicle had been
shifted to an unknown location.
It was not known as to whether he was
abducted from Darra Adamkhel or Matani. The militants based in Darra Adamkhel
are suspected to be behind the incident as they have resurfaced recently by
kidnapping and killing people, travelling via the vulnerable Kohat Road. "He has
been kidnapped from tribal area and not Peshawar," a senior police official
A massive search operation was launched in Darra Adamkhel and
Matani after his kidnapping was reported to the senior administrative officials.
Teachers at the University of Peshawar and four other universities in the campus
were angry over non-provision of security to an academician of the calibre of Dr
Lutfullah. Many complained that militants had stopped him in the past while
coming to Peshawar but the government never bothered to provide him proper
Dr Lutfullah played a key role in establishing universities of
science and technology across the NWFP when he was appointed adviser to the-then
NWFP governor Iftikhar Hussain Shah.Hailing from Nowshera district, Dr Lutfullah
is the man behind promotion of the education of information technology across
the province. He did his PhD in physical chemistry from the UK and authored
"He was the pioneer of the Computer Science Department at
the University of Peshawar, which he established after returning from the UK,"
stated Anees, a relative of the missing VC, adding that two companions of the
professor had been freed. The news
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Schools in Bajaur area open after 15 months
Khar: Several schools were reopened in different areas of Charmnag valley
of Nawagai tehsil on Friday after closure for 15 months.
the decision to open the schools was taken by the local administration on a
demand of local people after "restoration of peace in the region".
According to the political demonstration, government's writ had been
established in most of the areas of Charmang after the over eight months' search
Agency education officer Gul Rehman said that many of
the 18 government-run schools, including those in Loe Jhewar, Tangi, Glokas,
Syed Ashah and Manogai, had been reopened.
He said girls schools had not
yet been opened yet, adding primary boys schools would accommodate female
students for the time being.
Mr Gul said 431 of the 615 educational
institutes in the Bajaur Agency were open and the rest were still closed due to
poor law and order situation in some parts of the tribal region. He said 107
schools in Mamond, 46 in Nawagai, seven in Salarzai and five in Chamarkand were
He said 66 schools had been destroyed by militants in different
areas of Bajaur during the last two years.
Meanwhile, five militants
laid down arms and surrendered to security forces in Loe Mamond tehsil.
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Protest against killing of professor
Quetta: The Pakhtunkhwa Students Organisation (PkSO) held a demonstration
on Friday in protest against the murder of Prof Khursheed Akhtar Ansari of the
Prof Ansari was gunned down by unidentified
attackers when he was going to a mosque on Thursday night.
activists took out a procession from Government Science College before gathering
in front of the press club. They raised slogans against the wave of target
killings in the province and said that anti-education elements would not be
allowed to deprive students of their right to seek knowledge.
Afghan and other leaders claimed that Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi
knew the people behind the target killing but he was hesitant to take action
They said the government in the name of reconciliation had
given a free hand to militants who were killing innocent people with impunity.
They said that Prof Ansari was murdered by the same elements who were
involved in previous acts of target killings. Dawn
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Schools planned to cut mortality rate
Mansehra: The National Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Programme would
construct Community Midwives Schools in 12 districts to bring down the current
'mother and infant mortality rate' in NWFP, it was learnt.
announcement was made at a three-day training workshop for teachers and tutors
of CMW at concluded at Nathiagali on Friday. Instructors from 24 districts of
NWFP were imparted training at the workshop.
Speaking on the occasion Dr
Salar Khan, provincial coordinator for MNCH Programme, Dr Muzafar Ali Jakhrani,
deputy programme manager MNCH, Islamabad, Dr Mohammad Sangeen, Nighat Durrani,
Dr Shahzad Khan Swati, Dr Mohammad Qasim and others said because of high
mortality rate in the country, government and DFID launched a six-year (2006 to
2012) MNCH Programme with an estimated cost of Rs 20 billion in the
They said currently the MNCH programme was functional in all the
24 districts of the province. The speakers said minimum qualification for
employment in the CMW was matriculation and these CMWs after completion of
18-months training would be appointed at each village equipped with necessary
health facilities. They said that it was pity that 90 percent deaths related to
pre- and post-delivery cases were in the developing countries and that Pakistan
was among the top countries with high infant and mortality rates in the
The speakers said currently 80 percent birth deliveries in rural
areas of NWFP took place at homes at the hands of untrained birth attendants.
They said this was a big reason for such a high mortality rate among infant and
children in the country.
The speakers said MNCH was striving hard to
bring down the infant mortality rate to less than 55 per 1000 live births by
year 2011. They said keeping in view the wave of terrorism in some parts of the
NWFP and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) it seemed a bit
difficult, but all resources would be utilized to achieve the goal.
speakers said the work on the construction of CMW schools had been started in 12
districts of NWFP in Peshawar, Mansehra, Chitral, Lower Dir, Abbottabad,
Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi and Karak.Work would now be launched in another three
districts of Kohat, Swat and Buner.
A total of 1810 Community Midwives
(CMWs) would be appointed in the 24 districts to bring down the current mother
and infant mortality rate. This will ensure skilled birth attendants in rural
and far-flung areas of the province. The news
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Teachers denied salaries
Chiniot: Thirty-one teachers working with non-formal basic education
schools have been without salary for the last four months.
are being run by the Literate Punjab Project of Literacy Department. On July 1,
Chiniot was upgraded as district and after that these schools have virtually
been abandoned by the government.
Kishwar Sultana, a teacher working at
Adda Kalri, said that her monthly salary was just Rs2,500. Non-payment of salary
had created problems for her as Eidul Azha was also around the corner.
Executive District Officer-Literacy Ramzan Ahmad said all the teachers
of non-formal schools would be paid salaries from the Jhang office till next
fiscal year. Dawn
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