[EDLING:1632] Pakistan: New policy to bring uniformity in education system: Qazi
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Fri May 26 22:43:20 UTC 2006
Kashar World News
New policy to bring uniformity in education system: Qazi
ISLAMABAD, May 26 (SANA): A two-day National Education Conference is being
held from May 30 to 31 for framing a new Education Policy aimed at bringing
uniformity in the education system of the country.
This was stated by Federal Education Minister (Retd) Lt. General Javed Ashraf
Qazi at a briefing here Friday.
He said the proposed ten year Education Policy will bring uniformity in the
education system of the country. It will focus on enhancing the literacy rate
and improving the standard of education in the country which is imperative for
overall development. A new curriculum is being introduced from class 1 to 12
to meet the future challenges in the emerging era of science and technology.
He said the examination system is also being revamped so that the true
intelligence of the students would be judged. He said it has been decided to
hold composite examination of 9th and 10th class from 2007 in Punjab, NWFP and
Balochistan and new academic year will be started from September 1 this year
throughout the country.
He said it has also been decided that English Language learning would be
included from Class One to acquire the latest knowledge in various fields.
Urdu Language will also be taught in English Medium Schools as a compulsory
Islamiyat subjects will be taught from class-3rd with the addition of another
chapter of Haqooq-al-Abad. The subject will be compulsory up to twelve class
level. He said other subjects such as Computer Science, History, Geography and
Pakistan Studies will be included in class 6th, 7th and 8th class and the
number of subjects was reduced from 46 to 21. He said Pakistan Studies and
Islamabad will be mandatory subjects in 9th and 10th class. The government has
already made education free up to Matriculation level to ensure maximum
enrolment in the educational institutions. He said emphasis will be given to
promote education level and in this connection a number of reforms are being
introduced through High Education Commission.
Under the new reform programme, the government is emphasizing to promote
technical education and in this connection vocational and poly technical
institutions are being set up at District level to produce skilled manpower to
meet the future requirements at home and abroad.
The Minister rejected the criticism of some circles about the deletion of
Quranic verses from Islamiyat.
Regarding the next Education Budget, Javed Ashraf Qazi said that the Ministry
has proposed to enhance the Education Budget to 4 percent of the GDP. He said
under the directives of the President Laboratories, drinking water,
electricity and other facilities will be provided in all schools in rural
areas as well as in the urban areas of the country.
Regarding Non-Formal Education, the Minister said that Basic Education
Authority for Non-formal schools have been set up. He said Education census
has been completed and it will be announced at the end of next month.
To a question regarding syllabus of Deeni Madaris, he said Mathematic and
science subjects will be taught in these institutions.
He said that he has recommended to the Finance Ministry that all Primary
teachers should be placed in Grade 9. They should also be given teaching
allowance and their Grades be linked with their Education. The Education
Ministry has also recommended increase in the salaries of the teachers.
To another question the Minister said that no teacher will go to USA for
training and now all the courses are being held in Pakistan.
More information about the Edling