ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Minister of State Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman Thursday said that in the recent past, the present government took necessary measures to give more importance to educational assessments in the country.

Attending a certificates distribution ceremony held here at National Education Assessment System( NEAS), he said “We understand the importance of these assessments in finding the learning enablers and providing evidence-based data for
the policy-makers in the shape of their recommendations”.

The Minister said that after 2008, NEAS was unable to conduct national assessment, adding, it was directed to conduct national assessment in 2014 and now “we are
going to conduct another cycle of national assessment this year”.

He said, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training was committed to support NEAS to conduct the planned National Achievement Testing (NAT)-2016.

“We have increased the sample size for national assessment-2016 which is now 30,000 students from the previous sample size of 12000 students”, he added.

NEAS has also been directed to include schools established under NCHD, BECS, education foundations and private sector in its assessment of 2016, the minister said and added, it would help us to understand the quality of education in these sectors.

Baligh said that for this a large scale national assessment, necessary budget had already been released from government regular budget.

This year, “we are conducting national assessment without any financial and technical support of our international partners” the Minister added.

The Ministry of Federal Education constituted National Steering Committee (NSC) under Chairmanship of Federal Secretary to decide upon the subjects and grades which are
to be included in this year’s assessment, he informed.

He said, to compete globally, the government has decided to participate in the forth-coming international Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) in 2019.

This will enable us to see Pakistan’s standing on the international platform among the population of different developed and developing countries, the Minister added.

He said that it was heartening to witness such a healthy educational activity where the participation rate was 100%.

“I hope that the skills you had got here would be transformed in the shape of effective training of the 3300 Test Administrators in your own provinces and regions,” the
Minister emphasized.

In the end, he distributed the certificates among the participants.

The Minister appreciated the efforts of Director NEAS, Dr. Syed Kamal-Ud-Din and his team for organizing the event.