Pakistani teachers pledge to transform classrooms

May 19th, 2008 - 11:19 am ICT by admin  

Lahore, May 19 (IANS) Pakistani teachers are taking the lead in transforming their classrooms into real-life learning and interactive stations to rid students of boring study sessions. Around 80 teachers vowed to change their working practices at the conclusion of a six-day workshop for secondary school teachers conducted by the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) at Gujranwala town in the province.

During the workshop, the PEF’s academic development unit for secondary-level mentoring conducted intensive sessions on physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology for the teachers from small private schools, Daily Times reported Monday.

Among the topics covered were molecular genetics, cloning, genetic engineering, electrochemistry, chemical bonding, electromagnetism and electronics.

Addressing the concluding session of the workshop, PEF managing director Allah Bakhsh Malik said the foundation wanted to bring about a revolution in classrooms.

“Mass literacy and conceptual-based learning can put the country on the path of progress and development,” he said, adding that the foundation was committed to promoting new methods and techniques of teaching to discourage rote-learning and promote higher-order thinking in classrooms.

“Let’s bring about a change through classrooms and revolutionise society for a better tomorrow,” Malik said.

Zahid Ahmad, a teacher who attended the workshop, said he was fully satisfied with its outcome.

“A science teacher is hardly welcome in the classroom, as students consider science subjects boring and dry.

“Even though I have done a Masters in Physics, I feel myself privileged to attend such an informative workshop where I was exposed to teaching topics through information technology, local resources and practical demonstration,” Ahmad said.

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