By: Sultan Alam Faculty AKUIED-PDCN
The newest education policy in Pakistan was developed in 2009.
Some of its features are:
- The policy endorse that basic education for all must be provided without segregation of sectorial segments and it must be considered as integral part of the human development by providing the access towards educational opportunities.
- This policy encourages research and development processes to improve quality of teaching and learning processes, adding to knowledge and to develop innovations in content and pedagogy.
- The policy shows concern over quality of text books and the content inside the text books and enforces to add quality in the textbooks and other learning materials.
- The policy encourages private sector to produce and publish textbooks and develop reforms to bridge the public-private divide.
- This policy encourages national and international educational institutions to develop collaborative efforts to improve the standards of education.
- The policy has mentioned to carry out technical and vocational education to develop the professional skills among youth.
- The policy has enforced about the national education management information systems as a data base to be used at decision-making processes.
- This policy has seen as national strategic tools to guide the educational development in Pakistan by broadening access, designing quality standards and allocation of needful resources.
The analytical situation is quite evident that it has tried to involve all the stakeholders working in education field to carry out collaborative efforts to improve the quality of education. Unfortunately, the practical grounds present an opposite picture. There are various systems offering different level educational course, methods and approaches to improve learning. The whole society is segregated in different segments. As a result, the majority of students are unable to find their way to carry out a better tomorrow. Hence, there is dire need to revisit the policy, by making it applicable to the needs of the mass. The existing plans must be reviewed so that they must reflect the goals of the policy. This is how we can improve our standards of education and make our new generation’s future bright and prosperous.