President for development of national curriculum

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 7 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday said development of national educational curriculum was very important for forging national harmony, strengthening national bonds, achieving progress and raising standards of education.

He was chairing a presentation regarding revision of syllabus by Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Engineer Baligh-ur-Rehman, Ms. Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Dr.  Musadiq Malik, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb MNA were also present during the meeting.

The President emphasized that development of Minimum National Curriculum was vital for having a consensus curriculum.

The President said the curriculum must promote religious tolerance and understanding to eliminate extremism and strengthen the national fabric.

He said the national curriculum must also mention national heroes, their struggle and contributions.

President Mamnoon Hussain directed the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to expedite work for formulation of national curriculum in coordination with all provincial governments including AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Engineer Baligh-ur-Rehman, while briefing the President, said after the passage of 18th amendment and devolvement of curriculum to the provinces said there was a need to evolve national curriculum.

He said the National Curriculum Council (NCC) was established in October 2014 with the concurrence of all provinces.

Minister of State said the NCC was in the process of developing Minimum National Curriculum and Minimum National Standards in all subjects for all grades from pre-primary to twelve grades.

Engineer Baligh-ur-Rehman said a project “NCC Secretariat” has been approved and funds also allocated for the purpose.

He said the project envisages conducting research and studies to analyze curriculum, provide professional and technical expertise to the provinces and develop minimum standards for quality education in consultation with all stakeholders.

He said the 7th Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference was likely to be held next month and approve recommendations in this regard.

The curriculum reforms will also lay emphasis on teachers’ training to enhance their skills and capacity, the Minister said.

Engineer Baligh-ur-Rehman said despite the fact that education has been devolved to the provinces the Federal Education Ministry was committed to support, coordinate, integrate and complement efforts of the provinces to achieve world standards in education.

Ms. Maryam Nawaz Sharif said the national curriculum may also include functions and role of national institutions like Parliament, Judiciary and Executive to build awareness and to strengthen democracy and the federation.