GILGIT: Australia and the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government have joined hands to provide quality education to people in the north.
“An agreement to this effect has been signed with the Australian government,” G-B Education Minister Dr Ali Madad Sher said on Tuesday.
Under the agreement 14 model schools, two each in every district of the mountain region will be constructed with assistance of the Australian government, Dr Sher said.
Teachers of the model schools will be given special training on modern teaching techniques.
“The model schools will be constructed in all the seven districts,” he said, expecting that the good results of these schools will influence others to follow suit in raising their standards too. He said that only brilliant students would be enrolled in the model schools.
The minister said education department and trainers would monitor and assess the performance of teachers at model schools and give bonuses.
The minister did not say if teachers for the model schools would be taken from existing schools or freshly recruited. However an official in the G-B education department said that a criterion would be developed to pick teachers for the schools and those at par would be selected for teaching in the schools.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2011.