Hitting the roots of pedagogy
Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has decided to wind up Regional Institutes of Teachers Education all over the province. Advisor to the Chief Minister on Education Ziaullah Bangash has interpreted this decision as an inevitable austerity measure to control current expenditure. If the decision d is implemented then 21 institutes of teachers’ education shall be winded up and officers and staff working there shall be adjusted in other government departments, creating the adjustment and seniority issues of the existing incumbents.
The teachers’ education institutes had been created in the government of renowned nation builder President Ayub Khan to create a vast reservoir of properly trained teachers equipped with contemporary techniques and skills of pedagogy to communicate modern knowledge to the students in schools in the best possible manner. It is really a tragedy that axe falls in elected government on social sector development, particularly education. In President Musharraf government, institutes of vocational training were created for technical training and skill development of educated youth to cater to the requirement of skilled manpower in case the country enters in the second phase of industriaisation. Previous PTI provincial government in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and PML-N government in Punjab closed the institutes of vocational training and created hooch-pooch white elephant organisations of Technical Education and Vocational Training (TEVTA). These organisations are non-starter in both provinces.
The appointment of school teachers on the basis of percentile worked out by adding the quantification of written test score and academic record does not render the institutes of teachers’ education. These organisations still has the utility in the matter of arranging training courses of longer durations for the induction of newly appointed school teaches and imparting capacity building training to the in-service teachers.