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The Aga Khan Schools, Pakistan are affiliated with the AKU Exam Board and the syllabus is based on the National Curriculum
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Passionate Teachers for Passionate Learning
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School teachers are intelligent, dedicated professionals, who take their vocation seriously and honour the moral purpose of their work. They strive to be role models for students and are valued by both the school and the community.
At the School, teachers are accessible and congenial, creating the conditions for close interaction. The School philosophy maintains that the closer teachers are to students, the more effective they will be and, as a consequence, the better the education will be. The teachers are therefore available not only in the classrooms but outside as well. If students have a problem, teachers are always available to help the students find a solution.
The School is strongly committed to promoting and enhancing quality education. Better-trained and skilled teachers provide a more varied, interesting and enriched learning experience for young people.
Teachers are carefully recruited through a rigorous selection process. Candidates present a demonstration lesson that is used to assess their teaching skills and are then interviewed by the School Administration. The selection criteria include: competence and experience in the subject area, understanding of modern teaching methods, commitment to student-centered learning, motivation towards the teaching learning process and openness to change.
Ongoing Faculty Development
Teachers are one of the School’s greatest assets. Teachers keep abreast of the latest pedagogical research, which helps them incorporate unique and diverse teaching techniques to the classroom. Faculty regularly discusses and shares books, materials and teaching techniques promoting a learning culture amongst teachers. The Faculty Development Programme organises interdisciplinary workshops and discussions to explore an integrated approach to curriculum development.
The Aga Khan Education Services regularly organise workshops and seminars for management and teaching staff. Topics include teaching methodology, classroom management and use of information technology in teaching.
Through partnerships with Aga Khan University‘s Institute of Educational Development and the International Academic Partnership at Phillips Academy, Andover, workshops and training programmes are organised for various disciplines. The faculty also participates in training programmes conducted by Intel, I*EARN, Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers, the British Council, University of Karachi and other such renowned organizations.
Teacher Performance Reviews
The School follows an intensive appraisal system to monitor faculty and staff progress. Faculty and non-teaching staff appraisal takes place periodically through the year and a formal appraisal takes place at year-end. Assessment is based on the following criteria:
- Achievements after the appointment
- Professional development and growth
- Quality of teaching
- Quality of pupils' learning
- Quality of relationship with peers
- Professional responsibility.