PM urges provinces to emulate high standard of education of Federal Government

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APP14-21 ISLAMABAD: May 21 - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressing the launching ceremony of Curriculum and Textbooks ( Class Pre-I to V) organised by Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training at PM Office. APP

ISLAMABAD, May 21 (APP):Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said the federal government has set high standards
of education in the country by providing modern curriculum and quality education to the students and
asked the provinces to emulate.
Addressing the launch of the new curriculum and text books by the Federal Ministry of Professional
and Technical Training here at the PM Office, he said no country can progress unless it focuses on
provision of quality education to its youth. He said the Islamabad Capital Territory would serve as a
model for other provinces to raise their standards of education.
The Prime Minister also called for setting up a National Testing Service so as to standardize
the level of education, being imparted by different educational boards across the country. He said
at present it was difficult to judge the different standards, being followed by the provinces and hoped
the next government would take up this challenge.
He earlier launched the new curriculum and text books for the federal schools. In the phase-1,
books from Class 1-5 have been upgraded, it will be followed by phase-2 for books from Class 6-8,
while in the last phase books from Class 9-12 would be improved and updated.
He said that following the 18th Constitutional Amendment, education was now a provincial
subject. He said the provinces have huge budgets and equally large responsibilities, however
pointed out they lacked the capacity that needs to be built.
He was appreciative of the federal ministry for education for the initiative and said there
was also the need for improving the training of the teachers to enhance the quality of education
being imparted.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said at present the government was spending Rs 5000 on each
student in the government schools and regretted that still the results were not satisfactory.
He said on the contrary the private schools were getting better results by spending far less
money.
He said the private sector was playing a lead role in all the provinces, particularly in
Punjab.
The Prime Minister said in his earlier days when he entered the politics, there were only
a few graduates in the federal cabinet, however today the things were different and there
were Ph.Ds, Doctors, Engineers and post-graduate degree holders and even Madrassa
qualified people, both in the Cabinet and the Parliament.
He said higher education provides new insights and vision for the people at the helm
of affairs.
The event was attended by Minister of Professional and Technical Training Engr. Muhammad
Baligh Ur Rehman and Secretary Education Akbar Hussain Durrani.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Prime Minister’s 100/100/100 Education Program
that aims at 100 percent enrollment, retention and graduation in the federal area. He expressed
the hope that this initiative would also be emulated by the provinces.