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Celebrating teachers’ day without teachers!

While we celebrate “World Teachers’ Day” today like rest of the world, the fact should be kept in mind that thousands of sanctioned teaching posts in public schools of Pakistan are vacant.

According to Pakistan Education Statistics 2015-16, some 14 percent of teaching posts in public schools of FATA are not filled.

This shortage of teachers undoubtedly has an impact on learning experience of the students. To overcome this shortage of teaching staff, the teachers are engaged in multigrade teaching. And when there is no specialized training for teachers to be able to teach students of different subjects and different grades, the problem is severe.

However, the situation is much improved in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan as only one and four percent sanctioned posts are not filled in these areas, respectively. The data about Punjab, Sindh and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) is not available. However, as reported Punjab and Sindh do have issue related to shortage of schoolteachers.

Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) is considered an important indicator to measure the quality of education. Similarly, Pakistan Education Statistics 2015-16 notes “A low number of pupils per teacher indicate pupils will have a better chance of contact with the teachers and hence a better teaching-learning process.”

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