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Need to enhance skills of teachers to ensure quality education stressed

Need to enhance skills of teachers to ensure quality education stressed

dara-e-Taleem-o-AagahiISLAMABAD  (December 09, 2010) : The experts from educational sector have urged the need for enhancing the educational skills of teachers to ensure quality education and improve the knowledge-based learning capabilities of the students. This was the consensus of experts, stakeholders and volunteers during a get-together `ASER Baithak’, who are conducting survey to know the education learning level among the students of various age groups and classes in the various districts including remote areas of the country.

Country Director Open Society Institute (OSI) Dr Faisal Bari, OSI representative Anthony, Education representative Nargis Sultana, Chairperson Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Bela Jameel were also present on the occasion.

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER-Pakistan) is the campaign for citizen led initiatives for quality education and is being collaborated by ITA, South Asian Forum for Education Development, National Commission for Human Development, UNESCO and others. A group of 2000 volunteers visited 990 villages and 33 districts covering 20,000 households and 1320 schools conducting a data collection survey aimed at to know about the education learning level among the students of the country.

It is a complementary household based survey to assess learning level competencies of children in any type of school and its vision is that each child is learning and learning well inside or out the school. According to the volunteers and stakeholders, they planned to undertake survey about learning level in various age groups and classes in 75 districts by 2011 and in all districts by 2012 to achieve objective for ensuring quality education.

This exercise would be repeated by 2015 to achieve its optimum objectives in educational sector. These volunteers are working free of cost, besides claiming no travelling and dearness allowances. Another aim of this initiative is to develop a link between educational institutions and households for a better and improving standard of education among students and make them more productive for social economic prosperity of the country.

It will track progress or challenges faced by children of various age groups in their learning and also learning environments. According to the volunteers, learning level of students in various schools is not up to the mark and needed to be improved through co-operation pf public private sector. This survey has been conducted in the light of new National Education Policy to further make it practicable. The next Annual Status of Education Report would be launched in January 17, 2011.

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