Thirty two students from the Regional Institute of Teacher’s Education Peshawar were awarded with associate degree in education in a ceremony held at University of Peshawar. Provincial Minister for Primary and elementary education Sardar Hussain Babak was the chief guest of the day.
Umer Abid took first position in the two years ADE program with an aggregate percentage of 85. Asad Khan and Shahid Ali secured second and third position respectively. The three students were also awarded with a Laptop each and a teaching kit.
The Associated Degree in Education and B. Ed (Hons) are Higher Education Commission approved programs and would lead to production of quality professional teachers, said the Provincial Minister for Education on the occasion.
He said the USAID has been kind enough to have supported the program and their investment with the provincial government speaks of the trust, the donor organization has on the KP Government.
Giving details of his government performance in the education sector he said the overall literacy rate in the province has stepped up by 7% in the last five years while the total enrollment of students in schools has reached to 4.7 million.
He said the government appointed twenty nine thousand teachers purely on merit and the KP government made education as its priority by allocating a huge sum of 494 billion rupees for it in this year’s provincial budget.
Earlier Dr. Mahmood ul Hasan Butt, Chief of Party USAID Teacher Education Project said that scholarships amounting to Rs. 5.1 million have been allocated for ADE and B. Ed (Hons) program.
He said two hundred and fifty two students are to get scholarship, which includes fifty two from FATA and fifty each from students of settled areas of University of Peshawar, Gomal University and Hazara University. Each student will get rupees twenty thousand per semester he added.
Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz said producing skilled teachers at the primary and elementary level in need of time to strengthen the base of student’s education. He offered full support of his organization to promote the programs.
Dr. Ayaz urged the need for accommodating the new graduating ADE s in the government schools teaching service so that their benefit can be unearthed and more people are motivated to get enrolled in both the programs.