Islamabad, August 25, 2021 (PPI-OT): The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture directed the National Curriculum Council to brief the Committee in detail on implementation of the Single National Curriculum (SNC) in the next meeting.
The 19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture was held today at 11:30 a.m. in the Committee Room of National Curriculum Council Secretariat, Sector H-9, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA.
While briefing, the Director, National Curriculum Council Secretariat apprised the Committee that in line with the vision of the Hon. Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Council and Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training is developing SNC for Pakistan in consultation and collaboration with Education Departments of all federating units of the country.
She said that SNC is being developed in three phases. She informed the Committee that SNC is aimed at providing equal learning opportunities to all classes of people and it will help the students and parents in case of inter-provincial mobility. The Committee recommended that the National Curriculum Council may brief the Committee, in detail, in the next meeting.
The Committee also considered “The Pakistan Global Institute Bill, 2021” and “The Pakistan Institute of Education Bill, 2021”. After detail deliberations, the Committee recommended that “The Pakistan Institute of Education Bill, 2021” may be passed by the Assembly. “The Pakistan Global Institute Bill, 2021” and “The NCS-Institute of Sciences Bill, 2021” (moved by Mr. James Iqbal, MNA) was, however, deferred till next meeting of the Committee. The Dyslexia Special Measures Bill, 2021 (moved by Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA) was also considered in the meeting. After detail deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.
The Committee also appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convener ship of Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, MNA to discuss the challenges faced by universities under Higher Education Commission (HEC).
While briefing on the current Admission Policy in ICT Schools, the Director General, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) stated that the children of residents of Islamabad Capital Territory, Children of Federal Government/Semi Government employees residing in Islamabad are eligible for admission with the location as close as possible to their residences. Priority is given to the residents of same Union Council/Sector whichever the case may be.
However, the Children belonging to same family are accorded preference for admission in the institutions where their brothers/sisters are already enrolled. He apprised that admission tests are conducted for admission to institutions where the number of applicants for admission exceeds intake capacity of the institution. The Committee was not satisfied by the briefing given by Director General (FDE) and decided to have a separate presentation on admission policy in ICT Schools.
Besides the Parliamentary Secretary, Federal Education and Professional Training Division (Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA), the meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Mr. Asma Qadeer, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja and Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Hon. MNAs. Mr. Jamshed Thomas, MNA/Mover also attended the meeting. The senior officers from Federal Education and Professional Training Division, Ministry of Law and Justice, Higher Education Commission, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and National Curriculum Council were also present in the meeting.
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