ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday called for accelerated efforts to enforce the uniform education curriculum in the country as it was the government's priority to do away with the education apartheid.
The prime minister, in a meeting to discuss the progress in the education reforms and government's efforts to advance its education agenda in the wake of COVID-19 situation, directed to devise a strategy to address the financial difficulties being faced by the educational institutions and the reservations of parents regarding the payment of fees.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Professional Education and Training Shafqat Mahmood, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, Special Assistant to the PM Asim Saleem Bajwa, Punjab Higher Education Minister Raja Yasir humayun, Higher Education Commission Chairman Tariq Binouri and senior officers.
The prime minister was updated on the progress in the enforcement of uniform education curriculum, reforms in seminaries and higher education.
It was told that a uniform curriculum for class 1 to 5 would be enforced by April 2021 and the consultation with the stakeholders was in progress for designing the curriculum for class 6 to 8.
The prime minister was told that around eight million students were benefiting from the Teleschool initiative introduced amidst the closure of educational institutions due to the pandemic. Moreover, an E-Taleem portal would also be launched and the services of Radio Pakistan were being obtained to teach the students living...