Teaching license: Elevating the status of teachers in Pakistan

Karachi, June 8, 2022: ‘The state of a country’s education system is directly reflective of its quality of teaching’ – a thought echoed by all speakers at the ceremony presenting a whitepaper on the need for introducing teaching licenses in Pakistan.

We need teaching licenses not only in name, but to actually increase professionalism in our teachers, thereby elevating their status. Licensed teachers will become a ray of hope for improving student learning outcomes for our generations to come,” said Dr Sajid Ali, Amir Sultan Chinoy Associate Professor at AKU-IED, who along with Afaq Ahmed, is primarily responsible for the development of the whitepaper.

Organised by the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED), in collaboration with Sindh Teachers Education Development Authority (STEDA) and Durbeen, the whitepaper was unveiled in the presence of Sindh Minister for Education Syed Sardar Ali Shah at the AKU auditorium in Karachi. Stakeholders from academia including many teachers, and public and private sector representatives attended the event.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Shah said: “I am convinced that teaching licenses can help us improve the quality of education. Teaching should have a license just as other professions like medicine, law, nursing, and engineering do. This will also improve the status of teachers.”

Sindh Minister for Education Syed Sardar Ali Shah addressing guests

Co-founder Durbeen, founder Zindagi Trust, and panelist, Mr Shehzad Roy, said: “We are aiming for structured reforms, because teaching is a science. We want teaching to be treated with the same respect as any other profession. Just as you would not want a mediocre doctor treating a loved one, you cannot possibly hold a mediocre teacher responsible for your child’s brain development. It just cannot be done.”

Other esteemed panelists included Director of Training and Assessment, Sindh Education Foundation, Government of Sindh (GoS), Ms Shahpara Rizvi; and Chairman National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Dr Muhammad Memon. They discussed how teaching licenses can help improve preparation, recruitment and retention of quality teachers.

Conference panelists
Mr Shehzad Roy speaking at the conference

In his concluding remarks, AKU-IED Dean, Professor Farid Panjwani highlighted the role of teaching licenses in determining what constitutes good teaching practice that results in the best learning experience for our students.

AKU-IED, over the past three decades, has been preparing professionals for leadership roles in education. Informing education policies and practices and improving schools in under-served and hard-to-access areas. It aims at making valuable and relevant contributions to improving the quality of education in Pakistan.

AKU teacher with students

GoS’ STEDA was established to oversee and regulate teacher education activities and to maintain the standards of the training and training providers.

AKU teacher with students
AKU student using an abacus

Working hand in hand with the Sindh government, Durbeen is a non-profit organisation working to improve public schools in Pakistan through developing par-excellence teachers for public schools.

This whitepaper, AKU-IED, STEDA and Durbeen hope, will bring Pakistan one step closer to elevating the status of teachers through countrywide licensing.

Source: AKU Press release


About the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan
Established in 1993, the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan (AKU-IED), is a highly respected institution recognized for its teaching, research, policy analysis, as well as its work in the field with schools and other educational institutions. The Institute has three Professional Development Centre in Karachi, Gilgit and Chitral. www.aku.edu/iedpk

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