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Assessing competency of Pakistani primary school teachers in mathematics, science and pedagogy

Muhammad Saeed (Senior Subject Specialist, Directorate of Staff Development, Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Khalid Mahmood (Senior Subject Specialist, Directorate of Staff Development, Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 July 2002

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Abstract

The study is aimed at investigating the competency level of primary school teachers in the disciplines of science, mathematics and pedagogy. The sample comprised 1,800 randomly drawn Primary Teaching Certificate (PMC) teachers working in different state primary and middle/elementary schools of 22 districts of the Punjab province. The competency was determined by developing standardised achievement tests in each of the three subjects. The results show teachers have a low level of competency in all these three areas. On average, their achievement rate remained 30.8 percent in mathematics, 34.1 percent in science and 39.2 percent in pedagogy; even below the minimum set criterion of 40 percent against each subject. Gender was found to be a significant indicator in the study that the competency level of female PTC teachers was lower than their male counterparts’.

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Saeed, M. and Mahmood, K. (2002), "Assessing competency of Pakistani primary school teachers in mathematics, science and pedagogy", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 190-195. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513540210432173

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