Government to convene national summit for SNC reform

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The Ministry of Education has made the decision to convene a national summit to deliberate on the Single National Curriculum and come to an agreement on the much-proclaimed document of the previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.

Federal Education Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain and Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal chaired the meeting at the Education Ministry to obtain a consultation on the SNC. Education Secretary Naheed Shah Durrani, National Curriculum Council (NCC) Director Maryam Chughtai and other officials attended the meeting.

The PTI government had presented and executed the SNC from classes one to five last year in Islamabad and three out of the four provinces of the country. Sindh had expressed uncertainties regarding the move. The PTI government had intended to spread this system to classes six to eight from the approaching academic session starting in August. The draft curriculum for classes six to eight had been readied and was being given last minute refinements.

The new Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led coalition appears to want to continue the process but with some changes. Local media reported the meeting discussed that the document should be called the ‘national core curriculum’. It also agreed to hold a national summit on the SNC, which will be attended by all stakeholders and education experts.