ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Engineer Baligh ur Rehman on Tuesday said the government would establish Federal Curriculum Commission for bringing reforms in the curriculum development at federal and provincial levels.
He was addressing the launching ceremony of National Plan of Action and progress towards Article 25-A organized by Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, UNICEF and UNESCO.
The minister said he was in consultation with the Chief Ministers of all the provinces and representatives from education department in all the provinces would be taken onboard while establishing this commission.
The Federal Curriculum Commission would lessen the disparities among the curriculum being implemented in all the provinces, bringing uniformity, he added.
The minister said the government is striving hard to initiate reforms for increasing spending on education upto 4 percent of GDP by the year 2018.
“We have to initiate key reforms in terms of improving service delivery and enrolling more children into schools to transform the country”, he added.
The minister thanked all the political parties for giving prime importance to the education sector in their manifestos during elections.
Secretary Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri on the occasion said education is important to address the issues of food security, climate change, poverty, terrorism.
He appreciated the efforts of the provincial authorities in formulation of the Plan of Action.
Director UNESCO Dr Kouze Kay Nagata said United Nations institutions in Pakistan are aimed to reduce poverty and equip the citizens with the power of knowledge with focus on marginalized communities.
She said education is a key to achieve progressive social transformation and poverty reduction can only pave the way toward sustainable national economic growth.
She said UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has launched global initiative for education to enrol every child into school.
Dr Nagata said this year, the upcoming International Literacy Day would be celebrated everywhere with the same pledge to provide every child right his or her due right to education.
She said UNESCO has provided technical assistance for preparing the NPA and it would ensure enrollment of 25 million out of school children of primary and secondary age group.
She congratulated the Islamabad Capital Territory and Sindh province for adopting Article 25-A and working for its implementation.
She also hoped that the other provinces would also take steps for implementation of this article.
She emphasized on increasing spending on education upto four or five percent of GDP in the coming years.
Representative from UNICEF, Don Rohrmann said strong political will is needed to enrol the millions of out of school children in the schools.
Representatives from education departments in all the provinces, Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, Ministry of Capital Administration and Development, FDE and different donor organizations attended the ceremony.