Teacher Education for Quality Education

National Professional Standards for Teachers in Pakistan
The Ministry of Education, with the cooperation of UNESCO and the financial support of USAID, has developed National Professional Standards for Teachers in Pakistan. These standards frame a vision of the qualifications Pakistan expects of its tecahers. These expectations need to be of national concern because teachers are the heart of the nation's effort to assure a better future for all children and youth.

These standards were launched on the 23 of February of 2009 and it is hoped that with them, a wider discussion on teacher quality will emerge and be accompained by concrete actions dedicated to its improvement.

Your Feedback to Teacher Standards
Although the National Professional Standards for Teachers in Pakistan have already been launched, much work is still required to assure their presence and use in the classroom. The launched standards have to set a framework for our national vision on teacher professional performance, but we still need to plan their operationalization. Therefore, we need feedback that will allow us to:

Initiate a discussion on the requisites that need to be addressed to bring into action the professional standards.
Start mobilizing resources to create the conditions required by the educactioal system in general, and teachers in particular, to come closer to meeting the national standards.

Please send your valuable feedback on the following three documents. Kindly go through the instructions to complete the feedback questionnaire.

National Professional Standards for Teachers in Pakistan
Instructions to complete the feedback sheet
Feedback questionnaire for National Standards for Teachers in Pakistan

 Goal and Strategic Objective of STEP
The goal of STEP is to completely overhaul the teacher education system in terms of policy, organization, jurisdictional and institutional roles and responsibilities, content, and delivery at the school level.

  • Policy formulation and dialogue with a view to building consensus and mobilizing support for teacher education,
  • Effective coordination of interventions in teacher education, including field-based teacher education activities, and
  • Standard-setting for teacher certification and accreditation.
 Expected Outcomes
1. A framework for policy dialogue and coordination developed.
2. Coordination of interventions in teacher education enhanced.
3. A strategic framework for teacher education developed.
4. National standards for teacher certification and accred-itation developed.
5. Teachers' involvement in their own professional development and in educational reforms increased.
6. Public-private partnerships in teacher education strengthened.
7. An international expert meeting on teacher education organized.
8. Status of teachers and the teaching profession enhanced.
 Main Activities
1. Project office establishment and management.
2. Human resource and National Technical Committee (NTC).
3. Developing a framework for policy dialogue and coordination.
4. Enhancing the coordination of interventions in teacher education.
5. Developing a strategic framework for teacher education.
6. Developing national standards for teacher accreditation and certification.
7. Creating the teacher network, school network and public & private partnership.
8. Identifying and considering scaling up proven innovations and best practices in teacher education.
9. Developing strategies for improving the status of teachers and teacher profession.

 Related Downloads
1.  FINAL Situation Analysis-Strategic Framework for Teacher Education 2.  FINAL Strategic Framework for Teacher Education and Professional Development
3.  Annex - Situation Analysis - ACR 4.  STEP Newsletter