Role of Teachers in the Modern Society

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his was the consensus among speakers at a dialogue organised by Idara-i-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in connection with the World Teachers Day at Children’s Library Complex on Friday. The theme for the day was “Take a stand for teachers!”

Ali Institute of Education Director Dr Shahid Majeed said the teachers’ status needed to be improved by offering them lucrative salaries as this measure alone could make teaching a profession of choice and not of compulsion for people.

“If government can give double salary to motorway police why it can’t do so for teachers,” he asked.

He said the teachers, instead of rigidly following textbooks, should exercise freedom and impart education to their students on the basis of curriculum.ITA programmes director Dr Baela Raza Jamil said the demand for quality teachers was very high as there was a dearth of such professionals in the country. She said the learning level of students in public as well as private schools in rural parts of the country was abysmally low and there was a lot of room for improvement.

She said sustained enrolment was a big issue in public sector schools and only quality education could hold children in schools.

Referring to ASER survey 2011 report, she said, some 40 per cent classes were offering multi-grade education simultaneously and stressed that all classes should be separated by improving infrastructure and teachers’ strength.

After the 18th Amendment and inclusion of Article 25-A, it was the responsibility of provinces to enact law and ensure free and compulsory education for children in 5-16 year age group.

She said the Islamabad Capital Territory had already introduced a law to make education free and compulsory, while Punjab had constituted a commission to formulate a draft law for the purpose. She, however, observed that the commission must not hold closed-door meetings and instead make the draft law public and let all stakeholders give their input.

ITA Director (Research) Dr Hafiz...
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