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Teachers declared agents of change

CHITRAL, July 14: Teachers are the agents of change in any society as they bring about social transformation or revolution in a positive way, according to Professional Development Centre (PDC) of the Aga Khan University in Chitral director Dr Mir Afzal Tajik. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of a six-month training course for teachers of public and private sector schools here on Saturday. Dr Tajik said training was imparted to teachers by adopting innovative approach with a special emphasis on practice instead of theory so that they could be able to see and experience local issues in their real perspective. He asked trainees to take all stakeholders along to achieve the goal of quality education and use their skills to concentrate and unify their efforts without which no tangible change was possible. Executive district officer of education Siraj Mohammad, who was the chief guest on the occasion, regretted passive response of the heads of government schools towards improvement of the quality of education in their educational institutions. “A principal of private sector school drawing Rs15,000 per month excels far better than the one heading a government school whose monthly salary runs into six digits,” he said. Mr Siraj shed light on the efforts taken by his department during the last one and a half years for the promotion of education and said it was an uphill task for him to reform the system and put government schools on right track. He said more than 75,000 students were enrolled in public sector schools and it was his utmost duty to ensure a bright future for them. The EDO claimed that the blatant use of unfair means in examinations had been controlled to a large extent. Regional programme manager of Hashoo Foundation of the Aga Khan Foundation Sultan Mehmud Khan, who was also in attendance, said it was quality education which alone could the nation to progress and prosperity and the holding of workshops on innovative ways of teaching was a step towards it. He lauded the role of the Aga Khan University in imparting modern training to teachers in Chitral. Later, certificates were distributed to trainees, who included 16 female and 22 male teachers. They were selected for courses in education leadership and management, and primary education.–Zahiruddin]]>

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  1. Khalid says

    Okay…let us be a bit frank and discuss the issue in more detail. Zuhran’s appointment for the second time as chairman ITREB lower Chitral has nothing to do whether His Highness is happy from him or not. For your kind information these people are being handpicked by Khawajas on the recommendations made by the people of the area. So please do not distort the fact. High Highness has lot more to do because he is a world leader and has a very busy schedule. Moreover, there are so many other people who have been occupying Imamat institutions for the last so many decades and Fida Hussain is one of the big examples. He has been occupying the estate office since he was reconverted to Ismailism some 30-35 years back. Do you think he is an angel sent from above and His Highness is happy only with him and rest of the Ismailis do not qualify for the slot…It is quite foolish! Anyway, next time we will talk about Izhar Hunzai of AKRSP and will share some interesting stories about him that how has he been doing in AKRSP.

  2. Kamran says

    @ Khalid: We know very well who celebrated the ouster of Zohran Shah and for what reasons. I think Zohran don’t need certificate of clean chit from people like you. His appointment as the Chairman ITREB for lower Chitral twice is testimony to the fact that His Highness has full confidence in him.

  3. Khalid says

    Good to see Zuhran Shah after long time since he was shown the door by AKESP high-ups in corruption scandals. Heard he is busy in paving the way to stage a comeback by greasing the palms of his Khawaja masters sitting in Karachi. We just do not want to see him in AKESP again or any other Imamat institution as he is the man who destroyed the education system in Chitral. This is the time he should stay home and spend a retired life, do some business like opening Batta or Service shoes shop in Chitral bazar, which will suit him well. Beware Dr Tajik and stay away from people like Zuhran. Tajik because you are an upright man and company of Zuhran Shah type people could prove very dangerous for you and you will certainly fall prey to his conspiracies sooner or later…a stitch in time saves nine!

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