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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood announced on Sunday that single national curriculum will be implemented across the country from August 16 in order to end disparity in education system of the country.

Speaking at a presser here, he said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will officially launch the first phase of the single national curriculum for students of grades 1 to 5 today (Monday).

He clarified that all private and public schools will be bound to teach the core subjects which are part of the single national curriculum.

However, he added that private schools have not been barred from teaching additional subjects.

"Action will also be taken against those schools not implementing national curriculum," he warned.

Shafqat Mehmood clarifies confusion over SNC

He said separate curriculums have been prepared for the minorities living in the country to promote religious harmony. The uniform curriculum has been developed by National Curriculum Council, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in consultation and collaboration with education departments of all federating units of the country.

The single national curriculum is being developed and released in three phases. In first phase, the plan for grades pre-1 to 5 (academic year 2021-22) will be implemented, whereas in second and third phases, the grades 6 to 8 (2022-23) and grades 9 to 12 (2023-24) will follow the new curriculum, respectively. The development of single national curriculum is driven by key considerations such as teachings of the Holy Quran and Seerat-e-Nabwi, Pakistan's constitutional framework, national policies with their aspirations and standards, alignment with Sustainable Development Goals, the Quaid and Iqbal's vision, a focus on values, respect for diversity in cultures and religions, and the development of 21st century skills including analytical, critical, and creative thinking.

Class system could only be changed by uniform curriculum: Shafqat Mehmood

The process for developing the single national curriculum entailed both a comparative review with curricula from other countries and consensus building within Pakistan following a consultative process.

As a first step, multiple comparative studies were conducted to align a single national curriculum draft with international standards. These standards were taken from curricula followed in Singapore, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Indonesia, and findings incorporated in the single national curriculum draft. The model textbooks based on the single national curriculum besides the teacher training modules have also been developed for grades pre-1 to 5. These have been shared with all federating units to support timely implementation of the single national curriculum on the ground.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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