PTI Education Policy
PTI announced its 7th policy today i.e. of Education
**PTI’s 6 Point Education Emergency Plan:
1.One Education system for all:
–Medium of Instruction
2.Re-engineer Governance based on Complete Decentralization and De-politicization of Education System
3.Increase Education budget - from 2.1% to 5% of GDP (5 times the current budget in absolute terms)
4.Focus on Adult Education
6.Use of Information and Communication Technology**
All the details are given in the presentation.
Pakistani politics elevated to new level. Kudos to the policy team and its head Jahangir Tareen.
"One Education system for all:"
What will be punishment for the teachers and school management who violate the "One Education System", whether it is in government school, private school and madressas?
Specially, if they keep on teaching "Takfiri Philosophy".
It is their right to claim .
They are not supposed to get a majority
So they can say every thing , No question of Possibility arises .
Government has control over sarkari schools. I havent gone through the detailed plan and hence not noticed if O/A levels would be abolished in non sarkari schools.
Doesnt look likewise either.
Noo00re ko majority jahez main milli hai ya majority kisi k baap kee jaageer hai? :)
hang on, let the polls decide.
"Government has control over sarkari schools."
Then how PTI will achieve "One Education system for all:", if they do not have control over what is being taught in private school and madressa.
The policy for madrassas is that of engaging with all mdaris to develop a phased mainstreaming of curriculum. Mainstreaming can be achieved by encouraging integration with local communities and giving incentives like financial help for teachers, sports facilities etc.
And I guess those who won't follow the curriculum would not remain as "registered" institutions and would not be able to get their degrees verified. That can be regarded as punishment.
And the point of having one education system is to take onboard all the stakeholders i.e. private, public and madrassa schools. And take the input from all of them. And Govt. ofcourse have control over schools. Govt. can order a school to be closed down if it is not up to the standard set by the Govt.
If you go through the presentation, you will find that all students upto 8th would follow the same curriculum. After 8th, Schools shall have the option to shift to English as the medium of instruction in preparation for professional / higher studies. But English will be taught as a second language from Class I in all schools.
PTI Education Policy Vision – Press Release
Pakistan Tehreek–e-Insaf has come forward with an Education Vision to present a solution to the education emergency in Pakistan. This Vision has been formulated in response to poor governance and abysmally low funding of the Education system which has resulted in shocking indicators:
• Our literacy rate, especially for women, is lower than most countries in our region.
• Approximately 16.6 million children are out of school. For women, this is worse – with only one in three rural women ever attending a school
• Substandard or non-existent basic facilities
• Poor learning outcomes in most government schools
• A socially irresponsible population due to lack of proper guidanceA social and class divide, created through pubic versus private education system
PTI’s Proposed Approach
• PTI’s Education Policy aims to provide equal opportunity of quality education in a system which caters to every citizen, young and old and removes poverty as a barrier for children to realize their potential
• The objective of education will be to promote critical thinking and to improve articulation skills of students
• PTI strongly believes in One education system for all, to achieve equality and attain cultural and social harmony
PTI believes that the education system of Pakistan can be reformed by adopting the following 6 point agenda:
- One education system for all
◦ Mother tongue and/or Urdu as medium of instruction
▪ Each province will choose mother tongue and/or Urdu as medium of instruction in all government and private schools up to Class 8
▪ Class 9 to 12 will be transition years during which schools shall have the option to shift to English as the medium of instruction in preparation for professional / higher studies
▪ English will be the medium of instruction for all university and professional education
▪ English and Urdu will be taught as compulsory subjects from Class 1 to 12
◦ A new Uniform Curriculum for all
▪ Uniform and world standard curricula for all government and private schools.
▪ Standardized Assessment / Examination of students.
▪ All students in public and private schools will be assessed under one standardized assessment / examination. These assessments will test students on their understanding, rather than their memory.
▪ Each province to have an independent Examination Commissions with stakeholder representation to oversee exams for Class 8, 10, 12 to bring standards of all regional boards at par.
▪ Operate with full transparency to rank and disclose school / student performance.
- Decentralized governance in education
◦ Education service delivery and management will be devolved to district and sub-district levels.
◦ Provincial governments will provide oversight and regulation only.
◦ Establish fully autonomous District Education Authorities (DEA) to perform education management functions on an aggregate level
▪ will be dedicated institutional hubs for education provision in the district
▪ will reconstitute the entire teaching cadre in the District to make it more accountable for quality and performance
◦ School Councils elected by parents of current students will perform school-specific functions
◦ All schools/colleges will have formula based funding available as a matter of right
◦ Uplift and upgrade government schools to increase enrolment and reduce dropout rate
- Dramatically increase government spending on education
◦ Increase government spending on education from 1.8% today to 5% of GDP over its 5-year term, allowing the government to achieve its stated objectives.
- Provision of Adult literacy
◦ Focus on illiterate adults in the 15-30 age bracket (55.8 million) and invest resources to provide functional literacy to them.
- Teacher Training
◦ Fresh induction and training of a million plus teachers
◦ Re-thing pre-service teachers’ education
◦ Investment in ‘in-service’ training and re-training of current teaching cadre
- Information and Communications Technology
◦ Extensive use of ICT for teaching, learning, performance management and proactive disclosure
◦ Use of content available on the ‘cloud’ (Sal Khan Academy model) to provide the option of 24/7 self-education
◦ Mass availability of Tablet Computers to enable use of distance education facility
In addition to its 6-point Agenda, PTI believes that Special Initiatives need to be taken to further strengthen the education system of Pakistan. These include special focus on:
• Girls’ Education
• Sports and Extra-curricular activities
• English Language Program
• Skill Development
• University Education
Would this policy also apply on elites in Beacon House owned by PTI's Fauzia Kasuri?
Imran Khan's Speech at PTI's policy seminar on "Education Policy Vision" 20th February , 2013
IK should start by bringing his kids to study in Pakistan, if he really means what he says.
Each Pakistani child would study in Beacon House: my vote is for PTI
مادری اور اردو زبان میں تعلیم دیں گے۔
This is one of the most absurd point in this so called education policy. This experiment has already been tried, tested and failed to achieve its objective. Professional education cannot be taught in any language other than English.
Professional education cannot be taught in any language other than English
سلیمان بھائی ایک دفع پڑھ تو لیتے پالیسی
Professional education cannot be taught in any language other than English.
Basic education is missing and you are talking about Professional education. Small Childern need basic education i.e. reading, writing and understanding abilities. Professional education starts after secondary school.
The problem is we think that the aim of the education is to get a Profession. So either you study 16-18 years or you leave it. We should come out of this type of thinking. Every child no metter to which family he belong (poor or rich, from city or from village) should be able to read, write und understand and the best way to do this is the mother tongue. If you give childern chance to learn more then one language then it is better for thim.
É.g. Our childerns visit germany schools but german teachers give lot of importance on mother tongue i.e. Urdu. So until 4th class our childern learn urdu, germen and maths and upto 5th class english and from 6th clas french (But its depend on the school). school starts with 6 years. until then childern goes to kiindergarten. In kindergarten childern taught through games.
Mother tongues should be taught as a subject in schools and no two opinions about that but any mother tongue in the context of Pakistan should not be the language/mode of education. That was my point actually.
but any mother tongue in the context of Pakistan should not be the language/mode of education.
OK, You are right.
Childern get the ability of speaking and understanding of mother tongue at home from mother/father and other family members but reading and writing abilities of mother tongue can be taught at schools. What is wrong with it?
It must not be peotry or philosphy but it could be simple stories.
Many parties in their education policies include claims like children will be taught in their mother tongues. But on a practical level it is impossible to implement. Ultimately, one language ends up being imposed.
For example, in a school in for example Karachi or Lahore or Rawalpindi or Abbotabad, in the same classroom there will be children whose mother tongue is Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi, Pashto, Farsi, Seraiki, Hindko, Sheena, Kashmiri, Balti, Pothohari etc. It is impossible to provide teachers familiar with each of these languages. Ultimately, the mother tongue of majority of children will become medium of instruction and others will have to study that language.
Therefore, it is much better to have all basic education in Urdu which is the national language so that none of the regional languages is imposed on others.