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An Education Revolution Without Teachers?

boys and girls seated on separate sides of a classroom

Despite introducing computer science classes in schools a decade ago, the Pakistani government hasn't appointed teachers for this post.

Credit: The Express Tribune

Despite claims from the government about a "revolution" in the education sector of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, there are no computer teachers in government schools from grade five to eight, despite there being a computer science course for these schools available.

Policy makers introduced a compulsory computer science course for elementary classes in 2010, but the post of computer teacher for middle schools has yet to be created. Visits to government schools in different parts of Abbottabad district found that teachers from other departments in government schools — from Arabic to physical education — have been teaching computer science in the absence of a specialized teacher for the course.

Ten compulsory subjects are taught to elementary classes but there are only seven sanctioned teaching staff posts. The post of information technology teachers is not sanctioned for middle schools.

Some students said they found computer science period boring. They say teachers who came to those classes are often unprepared. Without lesson plans, they mostly read straight from the textbook. Students find other ways to pass the time, including playing games.

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