Islamabad, November 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): A two day 10th ministerial review meeting of E-9 countries headed by Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Balighur Rehman concluded here on Friday. The meeting adopted a joint statement which recommended priority action areas for the development of education include ensuring equitable and inclusive access to quality education, quality of teaching and learning, lifelong learning for all, skills for work and competencies for citizenship and social cohesion, governance and management of education systems and financing.
The joint statement called for making all possible efforts to ensure equal accesses for all children, youth and adults, improvement in professional capability and performance of teachers.
The conference urged to improve the technical and vocational education and training system adding that education should be top priority for government funding, while government is the primary duty bearer for efficient, equitable and sustainable financing of education.
Later on addressing concluding session of E-9 conference Minister of State for Federal Education and Profession Training Muhammad Balig-ur-Rehman said focus on achieving goals of E-9 has become a compulsion for E-9 member countries as education is the engine for socio-economic development.
“Pakistan is committed to implement recommendations of this meeting that will go a long way in addressing the core issues regarding education effectively”, the minister added.
The minister said education sector reforms, national education policy 2009 and national plan of action 2013-2016 have be formulated to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the support of international community as well as the E-9 countries.
Government is trying to address challenges like access to quality education, poor quality of teaching and learning, disparities and loan financing for education and good governance under the constitutional obligations including commitment to the international community in the form of EFA and MDGs, the minister added.
He said government has revived the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC) to meet the post-devolution scenario. Two meetings of IPEMC have already been held. All decisions in IPEMC are taken through mutual consultations and consensus among the federal government, provinces and Areas.
The minister added IPEMC has approved the formation of national curriculum council (NCC) aiming to develop minimum national standards in all subjects for all grades, national curriculum framework in consultation with all stakeholders and conduct research in curriculum, teachers’ training and assessment. NCC will jointly develop curriculum framework leading to Minimum National Standards. The Provinces/Areas will implement the agreed curriculum in their respective Provinces/Areas.
The minister said Pakistan Vision 2025 aims at substantial expansion in levels of education as well as improvement in the quality education. Pakistan ranks 113th out of 120 countries in UNESCO’s Education for All Education Development Index is a lesson for us to be more sensitive to the noble cause of education.
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