Last evening, I have had the opportunity to attend one Iftar-dinner along with more than five dozen of educators, academicians, educational administrators and literary figures, jointly hosted by two educational organizations of a two-friendly countries operating in Pakistan and around the globe, arranged in the hostel of their prestigious chain of international schools.
A host of issues of mutual interests such as educational, cultural and spiritual ties, among others, came under the discussion. The learned organizers lamented the non-availability of quality teachers in Pakistan and then they apprised the participants of their strategy how they succeeded in getting enough quality teachers into classrooms, especially, those male and female who complete their studies from their school. They pick the brains. They give them the desired incentives. They grow and groom them both in Pakistan and abroad to become “quality teachers.
Indeed, Quality education is education that counts and works for the revitalization of the ailing nations like ours and re-invigoration of the dead and dysfunctional institutions, aw we have nowadays in our country but unfortunately quality teachers shortage remains a serious concern in Pakistan and so for the relevant federal and provincial organizations have done nothing to grow the quality teachers and trainers, instead they have done everything to promote commercial, PowerPoint presentations and plagiarism-based teachers.
Our quality unconscious rulers and relevant organizations always increase recruitment at the expense of quality, therefore, like many others, I am not optimistic about the improvement of the provision of good quality education, an adequate pool of passionate and trained teachers and propitious student-teacher ratio conditions in this country. Had the children of our quality unconscious ruling elite, corrupt to the core bureaucrats and prodigal technocrats been getting education in Pakistan, not abroad, then they would have become quality conscious and they also would have overcome different types of pre-service or in-service teacher education problems, including career growth and incentives as being enjoyed by the civil servants, among others?