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June 26, 2015

Revised education policy to be announced early next year


June 26, 2015

The roadmap for the review of the National Education Policy 2009 stands approved. Now, the revised NEP will be announced in January 2016.
The development came during the second meeting of the NEP 2009 Review Committee at the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training.Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman was in the chair.
The participants, including the secretary and joint education adviser and relevant officials of the ministry, reviewed the decisions made and timeframe approved for the NEP review during the committee’s first meeting.
They approved the roadmap for the NEP improvement, which included formation of focus group by all federating units immediately.According to it, the focus group has to submit concrete recommendations for additions and deletions in NEP 2009 in pursuance of 18th Constitutional Amendment, Article 25-A of the Constitution (relating to compulsory education to children from 5-16 years of age), Education Vision 2025, Pakistan’s international commitments, global trends and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
All federating units will hold provincial and area dialogue on NEP 2009 and will come up with the tangible changes and recommendations for the improvement of National Education Policy 2009. The task is required to be completed before third week of July 2015.
According to the roadmap, all federating units will nominate their provincial and area policy experts to the ministry of their participation in the national dialogue to be organised in Islamabad.
“All federating units may invite views and suggestions of the academia, civil society and public for changes in the policy.”The feedback of Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference will be included in the revised Education Policy by the first week of September 2015.
“First draft of the revised education policy will be circulated to the provincial and area governments in

the last week of September 2015 for review. Inputs of all federating units will be reviewed by the NEP-2009-Review Committee by October 2015.
“The national dialogue on NEP 2009 will be held in the second week of November 2015 in Islamabad. The final draft of NEP 2009 will be submitted to the seventh IPEMC for final approval. The revised NEP 2009 will be announced in January 2016,” the roadmap pointed out.

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