Shafqat Mehmood stresses for uniformity in basic educational system

ISLAMABAD:Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood Monday stressed upon the need for reforms to be introduced for the uniform educational and curriculum system in the country.

In an interview with a private news channel, he said provision of quality education, enhanced in literacy rate with skill development and bringing back dropout children to schools were the priorities of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.

“The government is striving for introducing uniform syllabus in the country”, minister said, adding that a National Curriculum Committee has already working on it while a technical committee would be set up to review different recommendations and proposals for this purpose under the supervision of Prime minister Imran Khan , minister said.

“We consulted with experts in the formulation of the framework,” he said,

He said that without improving literacy rate and quality education both at public and private schools to the students, the socio-economic prosperity could not be achieved.

Therefore, he said that government was focusing on the promotion of quality education across the country.

The Minister said that Pakistan’s literacy rate was only 58 percent while 42 percent could not read and write.

Shafqat Mehmood said, there is dire need to appoint more qualified teachers in schools.

He said that more schools were being established to ensure that maximum number of children should have taken benefit from the education.

Shafqat Mehmood also stressed on the importance of adapting to modern means of education through the use of latest technology for all school children.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to enhance the literacy rate from existing 58 percent to 70 percent for the economic prosperity of the country.

Minister said that a campaign for adult education will be initiated from Islamabad and it has been recommended that graduate students should teach adult illiterates.

The government would also utilize technology to address the shortage of teachers in order to provide better literacy facilities to the upcoming generations. The country’s future lies in providing marketable skills to youth and enabling them to earn respectable livelihood, he said.

He further shared another government’s plan where he said, adding, through mobile phones ministry will start a literacy programme where teachers would be available on their mobile phone to educate students.