1. What is the 4-year B.Ed program being offered at the Government Elementary College of Education, Hussainabad? Why should we consider the 4-year B.Ed (Hons.) program and how is this program different from the standard B.Ed (Hons.) program in Pakistan?
The 4 Year B.Ed. (Hons.) program being offered at the Government Elementary College of Education, Hussainabad is a unique 4-year undergraduate teaching degree developed jointly by the University of Helsinki (Finland), GECE, and Karachi University faculty and it will provide student-teachers with opportunities to:
• Align classroom planning and teaching with 21st-century knowledge and skills
• Balance traditional teaching methods, such as lecture, with more student-centered and interactive teaching strategies
• Understand the science of how children learn and apply this knowledge to teaching and learning
• Use multiple strategies to teach students with a variety of learning needs
• Participate in learning communities through coaching, mentoring, knowledge-sharing, and team-teaching with peers
• Use a range of assessment strategies to evaluate student learning
2. What are the application prerequisites? How do I know I am eligible to apply?
The application prerequisites are as follows:
• The applicant must have cleared Intermediate with at least 55% marks or must have completed A Levels with an average C grade.
• The applicant must have a valid domicile of the specific district that is announced at the time of admissions.
3. Is this program only for women or can men apply as well?
Since the Government Elementary College of Education has been a women’s only college since inception, hence the current program offered is also only for women.
4. Is there an age limit to apply for the degree?
No. Age limit for admission in an associate degree in education, Bachelor’s in Education (Hon), and Bachelor’s in Elementary Education Program was lifted in 2020.
5. Would students have to pay for course materials such as reading packs and books?
All students are provided laptops, free of cost. All reading materials will be assigned in soft copy and students may print these at their own expense. All other course handouts etc. will be provided to the students free of cost. Some courses may require the purchase of textbooks though this will rarely be the case.
6. What job prospects do students have after they graduate from the program?
Durbeen will enter into a contract with the students if they are offered admission at the College. As per this contract, a student will be given a 3-year teaching job upon completion of the degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.6. This 3-year job will be in a government school under Durbeen’s management or the management of one of its partner organizations. During this period, students will be encouraged to take the government teaching entrance test so that they may be regularized into public service.
7. What are the semester and yearly fees for the degree?
The fee structure for GECE, Hussainabad is as follows:
– PKR 2000/- for a one-time enrollment fee
– PKR 3000/- for the examination fee every semester
This fee is charged by the College’s degree-awarding body, Karachi University. Please note that GECE Hussainabad charges no additional fees.
8. Are students required to sign a bond with the college? What if students want to pay for their studies but not sign a bond?
The end goal of the transformation of GECE Hussainabad is to prepare highly-trained, professional teachers for government schools. As such, the degree program is not recommended for students who are keen to teach in the private sector.
All admitted students will sign a bond with the college for a 3-year teaching service period following graduation. During this 3-year time, each graduate will be paid at par with an entry-level government teacher. This service is a requirement and every student, regardless of their ability to pay the fees, must enter into this contract with Durbeen.
9. What are the timings of the college?
The college hours are from 08:30 a.m-04:30 p.m from Monday to Friday.
10. Does the college offer transport for students who have to travel long distances to get to college?
The college does not offer transport. Each student will have to arrange transport for themselves.
11. What is the pattern for the entrance test and how do we prepare for it?
The entrance test assesses each applicant’s competency in English in 3 skills – reading comprehension, writing and listening.
12. What if I fail the admission test?
Applicants who fail the admission test will be offered an English course. At the end of this course, the students will be assessed in another test. Passing students will be offered admissions.
Students who fail this test may take the course a second time to improve their chances. This course will be offered twice before admissions end. First, in February/March and then in June/July.
13. What if I fail a subject, will I get admission?
All applicants should have cleared all subjects with a cumulative score of minimum 55%.
14. What is the last date of admission application?
Application Submission Deadline: 20th August, 2021