PESHAWAR, 19 July: The Elementary and Secondary Education Department (ESED) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and British Council Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve teaching quality and practices of all primary school teachers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The MoU was signed by Dr. Shahzad Bangash, Secretary ESED and Jim Booth, Country Director British Council Pakistan here at Peshawar on Tuesday.

The ceremony was held at Education Department and was chaired by the Minister Education Muhammad Atif Khan and attended by the ESED staff including Rafique Khattak Director and Qaisar Alam Special Secretary. From British Council, Arzu Daniel Director English Pakistan and Bilal Ahmad Head of English Pakistan also attended the ceremony.

Under this initiative, the British Council will assist ESED in training and development of nearly 83,000 teachers of KP primary schools with special focus on four subjects; English as medium of instruction, mathematics, science and general knowledge. The three year program will be implemented in all district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In the first phase, ESED will provide a list of 1500 teachers; British Council will conduct assessment and transparent selection criteria to select 480 teachers as master trainers.

The selected master trainers will be tested after the training and will be graded and certified by the British Council. This is 568 million PKR program, the government will bear 70% of the cost of the project, while British Council will also contribute 30% cost.

British Council plans to introduce new and innovative techniques of teaching using mobile technology(Text Messaging,  Interactive Voice Recording (IVR) systemand computer based learning. Additionally, informative material such as Information Education Communication material and learning manuals will also be developed on teaching skills.