Islamabad: The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mehmood, on Tuesday held a meeting with the British High Commissioner, Christian Turner, to discuss broadening UK’s support for education in Pakistan and the Single National Curriculum (SNC).
On Twitter, Shafqat Mehmood posted pictures of the meeting with Christian Turner and Director Development of the UK in Pakistan Annabel Gerry along with Secretary Education Farah Hamid Khan.
The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training tweeted, “British High Commissioner his Excellency Christian Turner called on Federal Minister for Education & National Heritage Shafqat Mehmood. Meeting focused on Single National Curriculum & broadening of UK’s ongoing support for education in Pakistan. Ms Annabel Gerry was present”.
Single National Curriculum
The Single National Curriculum (SNC) seeks to revolutionize the education system of Pakistan by endorsing one system of education for all students. This will be achieved by uniforming of curriculum, medium of instruction, and platform of assessment. According to Ministry of Federal Education’s website, aim of the SNC is to provide, “One system of education for all, in terms of curriculum, medium of instruction and a common platform of assessment so that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to receive high quality education.”
The SNC has been curated with expertise and latest research in education and stands on par with all international standards. In addition to this, the new curriculum seeks to develop creative, analytical, critical faculties of students as these skills are in demand in the 21st century.
The Single National Curriculum will be implemented across Pakistan in phases from August 2021. As per Shafqat Mehmood’s directives the new school year will start in August 2021 due to shift of examinations to May/June and prolonged school closures due COVID – 19.
The Single National Curriculum will be first introduced in pre – 1 to grade 5 classes, across all public and private schools in Pakistan.