Educators stress need for teaching license in Pakistan

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A teaching license can help certify that a teacher has the skills and knowledge necessary for effective classroom practice, said participants in a policy dialogue organized by the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development. .

The dialogue was aimed at raising awareness, gathering evidence and making technical recommendations on the possibility of introducing a teaching license in Pakistan, a statement released Wednesday said.

Such certification can be used to improve the quality of teaching and, therefore, student learning. A teaching license can also raise the professional status of teachers and open up new employment opportunities for them locally and abroad.

One of the keynote speakers, Dr Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University, drew on the history of the medical profession to highlight the long struggle it endured before d ‘arrive at its current state. Likewise, she felt that teacher training would suffer the same struggle. “Licensing will benefit teachers as well as teacher training institutions to improve quality. “

“Teachers’ license is desirable in Pakistan to improve teaching standards. However, we need to be aware of the political economy of educational licensing, ”said Dr Irfan Muzaffar, Technical Director of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Support Program, the other keynote speaker for the dialogue. “University teaching schools must make concerted efforts in this regard. “

The dismal learning outcomes of Pakistani students can be seen in assessments conducted by many local and global agencies. The government’s NEAS, the National Education Assessment System, the Citizen-Led ASER State of Education Report, and the TIMSS international study, Trends in International Mathematics and Science, show how poor student learning outcomes are in Pakistan. Experts said students would benefit more from better teachers with relevant and credible professional development.

“A good teacher is like a good doctor,” said Dr Sajid Ali, associate professor and director of research and publications at IED. “A bad doctor despite having access to a well-equipped clinic and medication cannot treat a patient adequately. Likewise, a bad teacher despite having a great program or assessment system cannot turn students into successful learners. “

The deliberations at the event led participants to recommend the introduction of teaching licenses, which can strengthen government efforts to improve teaching standards and the overall system of teacher management. They also touched on various technical, political and economic issues that need to be resolved as efforts move towards a licensing policy.

The dialogue team aims to produce a white paper on teacher licensing – from the proceedings – which will contain the literature review, the results of the dialogue, the results of the survey and the policy recommendations for the introduction of the teaching license in Pakistan. It will also contain the key pressure points and their possible resolution. The white paper will be useful to lawmakers in moving towards a policy of teaching licensing.

The white paper will also serve as a resource for an ongoing dialogue among educators, policy makers, education officials, legislators, parents, schools, teachers and other stakeholders across Pakistan to assess its feasibility. in Pakistan.

In the past, various efforts have been made to introduce teacher licensing under the banner of various education development projects. This white paper effort is led by AKU-IED without any project support and is based on a systematic process that includes in-depth analysis of the situation, global comparisons and national consultations. The dialogue was preceded by a series of seminars with international speakers and will continue after the event to determine the feasibility and next steps for teaching licensing in Pakistan.


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