PESHAWAR: The adviser to chief minister on elementary and secondary education, Ziaullah Bangash, on Tuesday said that 65,000 teachers would be recruited in the next five years to meet the criteria of four teachers at every primary school in the province.

Addressing a press conference, he said that 17,000 teachers were recruited and appointment of 12,000 was under process while another 12,000 posts of teachers would be advertised soon.

Regarding strengthening the primary education, Mr Bangash said that 3,000 teachers would be appointed for improvement of teaching methodology and classroom environment.

CM’s adviser says criteria of four teachers at every primary school to be met

The adviser to chief minister said that results of government schools improved by 73 per cent in Secondary School Certificate examinations and 83 per cent at intermediate level while e-transfer policy would be launched on August 1 to make the process transparent.

He said that the application was ready and in future all transfers would be on basis of merit and need. He said that 2.6 million children were out of school in the province.

Mr Bangash said that for enrolling the out of school children, education department would initiate the second shift classes prgramme, public private-partnership and rented building programme for which Rs500 was allocated in the budget.

He said that education department launched continuous professional development (CPD) in 16 districts under which 53,715 teachers were trained while the programme would be extended to 27 districts in April 2020 and 90,000 primary schoolteachers would be trained.

The adviser said that the already inducted 12,384 teachers completed the post induction training. He said that the training would be compulsory for confirmation of service in future. He added said that textbooks were revised.

Mr Bangash said that teams from other district were deputed in the newly merged districts and they collected the data there. He said that on their report, Rs1.8 billion was allocated for development of schools in tribal districts.

He said that 138 data collection monitoring assistants (DCMAs) and computer operators were also appointed for independent monitoring units in tribal districts. Keeping in view its performance, IMU was made Education Monitoring Authority, he added.

The adviser said that 45 new primary schools were established, 22 primary schools were upgraded to middle, 26 middle schools were upgraded to high and 21 high schools to 26 higher secondary schools.

Published in Dawn, July 31st, 2019

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