Pakistan needs trained teachers: moot told

THATTA: Government Elementary College of Education Male at Makli, Thatta organized an annual ceremony at its premises to celebrate the successful completion of first semester of associate degree in education ADE program.

The vivid ceremony comprised several colourful activities that include speeches, cultural performances, tubules and dramatic performance. Director Bureau of Curriculum Abdul Majeed was the chief guest at the ceremony.

Addressing the participants, the chief guest said that trained teachers are need of the hour for country. He said that the associate degree in education programs would play a significant role in education sector.

Talking about the issue of teachers’ shortage at colleges, particularly at far-flung areas, he said that the department is taking appropriate measure in this regard and new faculty members would be provided to the educational institute, shortly.

He encouraged prospective teachers to work hard and said, “You have capability, you have honesty, what you have to do is to utilize your expertise.” He urged them to focus on their character and capacity building and said that they have to build a new society and a nation.

It is pertinent to mention here that all the faculty members and principal as well are residents of other cities, including Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur. Now Ansari from Sukkur and Principal Waseema Sultana from Karachi have been moved to Makli, while Zohaib Haseeb and Imran Pathan travel almost 90 kilometres daily from Hyderabad to Makli to fulfil their duties.

On the occasion, USAID provincial coordinator Anjum Pervez announced that B.Ed honours program would be offered soon at Makli, which would not only be recognized in Pakistan but also across the world. He said that USAID would continue their support for the education program on technical grounds.

GECE principal Wasima Sultana presented vote of thanks to distinguished guests. Souvenirs, traditional Sindhi Ajraks and flowers were presented to guests, besides presetting awards and certificates to participants of the day long program. Earlier several students of the college presented cultural performances, tableaus and other vivid activities were taken place.

Later while talking to media, pioneer lecturer, associated with the ADE program at the college Ismail Ansari shed light on the miseries of the Makli sub district in regard with education sector. He told media that the first batch of Associate Degree in Education program has been initiated at the institution in January 2013 with 60 seats to facilitate young students, belonging to the remote area of Makli.

He said that existing staff have been working eagerly to contribute for producing capable trained teachers for future generations, however, lack of faculty members is a core obstacle in fulfilling the dream of an educated Pakistan. He further said that under the program, the college is playing an active role for providing the society in general and far flung areas in particular, with well trained teachers, well equipped with teaching techniques.