Punjab to hold English proficiency test of all primary school teachers

Punjab proficiency test

The School Education Department (SED) Punjab has announced to hold an English language proficiency test for all primary school English teachers.

According to details, the Punjab government’s apex institution for in-service and pre-service training of public school teachers, Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development, and the British Council Pakistan will conduct the test across all districts.

The test will be held in Multan, Sialkot, Lahore, Faisalabad, and Rawalpindi on 12 and 19 June. SED Punjab will also provide Rs.1, 000 to every teacher as a travel allowance.

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Earlier this year in March, SED Punjab dismissed a total of 2,500 elementary school teachers (BS-14) and senior elementary school teachers (BS-15) for not providing their B.Ed. degrees.

As per the details, these teachers were appointed on contract in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017. They were repeatedly asked to complete and provide their B.Ed. degrees by December 2020. However, the submission date was extended by a year to December 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, British Council Pakistan has also asked SED Punjab to make sure the maximum participation of teachers in the language proficiency test.

Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI)

The Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI) cover a major part of the Chief Minister’s roadmap for educational reform in Punjab. By improving the quality of classroom teaching at the primary level, its goal is to contribute to enhanced student learning outcomes.

During the period between June 2017 and June 2020 PEELI has helped approximately 250,000 Primary School Teachers, teacher trainers along with headteachers to enhance their knowledge and skills to considerably improve the educational experience and realization of primary school children across Punjab. 

Moreover, PEELI executes a cascade training model to reach large audience numbers. The top of this cascade model constitutes freelance Training Consultants who are directly managed by British Council. These training experts train, guide, and support Expert Trainers who then train and support teachers and headteachers. This cascade model is supported via school-based CPD. 

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