Teachers, bureaucracy, and politicians is the first book from University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Department of Social and Policy Sciences Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice (DPRP) student, Javed Ahmed Malik.
As lead education advisor, Javed led the Department for International Development's (DFID - now called FCDO) largest £450M education programme in the world in Punjab for seven years (2009-16), while leading Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's Education Reform roadmap along with partners like McKinsey & Company, the World Bank and the Government of Punjab's department of Education, Finance and Planning and Developments.
The Punjab Education Sector Programme became DFID’s flagship programme in the world to showcase rapid, transformational progress in a system of 54,000 schools, while bringing two million out-of-school children back to school and improving learning levels with major efficiency gains in the school management system. An achievement which has been praised by UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and International Development Committee of the British parliament.
Aimed at teachers and public officials, Javed’s book recounts the process behind the implementation of the Punjab Education Sector Programme, as well as its successes and failures. He emphasises the need for future education reforms to not only involve teaching staff, but also include the use of local languages, such as Urdu. Javed’s hope is that his book, now published in Urdu, will help facilitate this. He adds:
"There are not many books on public policy in the Urdu language, and it is important to democratise the debate on public sector reforms and enable a wider understanding of the technicalities of public policy work. I’m delighted that my book will now be more accessible to largely Urdu speaking education practice communities, teachers, and local politicians."