Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Peshawar, has launched a four-year B.Ed (honors) elementary degree program. A press release issued on Thursday said the exclusive four-year degree program had been launched with the support of USAID and Pre-Service Teachers’ Education Program in Pakistan (Pre-Step).
The chief guest of the inaugural ceremony was Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Sara Safdar while Pre-Step chief Prof Dr Mahmoodul Hassan was also present on the occasion.
Prof Dr Wazim Khan, program coordinator, gave an overview of the four-year (honors) elementary degree in education. “It is an established fact that the quality of education depends on the quality of teachers and quality teachers depend on the institute where they are produced,” he added.
He said the HEC has approved the courses of the four-year program and “this year we have enrolled 25 students in B.Ed (honors) for which a test was held under Education Testing and Evaluation Authority.” Dr Wazim said that out of the total number of students enrolled the first 15 were being given fully funded scholarship, which would cover their admission and boarding charges. He said the provincial government had been taken on board to take it as a top agenda in order to recruit all the trained teachers of B.Ed (honors) elementary in grade 16 and 17, respectively.
Prof Dr Mehmoodul Hassan, former vice-chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University, said producing well-trained teachers at the primary level was need of time “because we need to give strong building blocks to the nation.” “We talk about giving universal education to our offspring and youth but it is very depressing to know that 30 percent of the kids admitted in the primary schools drop out by class III and more than 50 percent drop out by class 10,” he said.
Prof Dr Sara Safdar said she was grateful to the HEC for approving the course and USAID for providing financial support to the program. “We must enlighten our younger generation with modern education and build their characters so that they cannot be exploited by elements who want to bring unrest in this part of the world,” she said, adding that they were providing trained faculty for this program and would ensure best facilities to the students. The B.Ed (honors) consists of eight semesters and the university also intends to launch M.Ed (honors) and exclusive MS in education in near future.