Do you realize how dangerous it can be for children to learn from teachers with no specialized training or education? In an informative video shared on social media, singer Shehzad Roy highlighted the absence of qualified teachers in Pakistan and the teachers teaching without specialized education.
Dubeen, a non-profit institute dedicated to improving public schools in Pakistan, recently interviewed Roy.
Roy stressed the importance of learning from qualified teachers in the video. “Let’s say someone shares with you that their father has had a heart attack and the doctor is now recommending a heart bypass surgery,” the singer said.
“Would you recommend a chartered accountant by saying ‘he’s done some amazing diploma courses and he recently fixed my friend’s leg when he broke it, you should get your father’s surgery done from him as well’?” he asked.
“[If someone said this to you], you’d get worried for a second and question the statement,” he continued. “The fact of the matter is, a chartered accountant cannot perform surgery on anyone given that he’s specialized in something else entirely. He needs to have a specialized degree in the area of surgery.”
‘This is a very dangerous development’
As Roy noted, parents and state officials do not hold teachers to the same standards as doctors. “In Pakistan, parents send their children to school every morning to learn from teachers who have not studied the science of teaching,” he added. “If you ask private schools, they’ll say we’ve made our teachers do such and such short courses.”
“When it takes a doctor four years of studying to earn his specialization, why do parents send their children to teachers who have done meager courses and have very limited experience in developing the minds of the children they teach?” he further asked. “They have not earned a degree in the science of teaching. They have not studied it. We need to understand that the practice of teaching is a science in itself.”
“This is a very dangerous development. Even the government has decided that anyone can become a teacher, regardless of whatever degree they’ve earned,” the singer stressed.
“I request parents and the authorities to check up whether a particular teacher has studied the science of teaching. Have they done a four-year degree program? Do they have a Bachelors in Education? I want the debate on this issue to start from today.” Said Shehzad Roy pointing towards teachers with no specialized education.
Watch his interview below:
Roy is the founder of Zindagi Trust, which promotes education reforms in public schools.
The 44-year-old lately also revealed the big secret behind his youthful appearance. By the way, did you know Roy received a marriage proposal a while back? The singer had quite a cheeky response to it!
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