National Education Policy & Islamic Education' chapter
'Islamic Education' chapter added to draft
Islamabad, Aug 01: A new chapter titled 'Islamic Education'
has been added to the draft of National Education Policy 2009 after the
consultation with Itehad-e-Tanzeemat-e-Deeni Madaris and Ministry of
According to reliable sources in the Ministry
of Education a chapter stressing the needs for Islamic teachings has
been included in order to familiarize the children and the youth of the
country with the basic Islamic principles and their implementation in
Previously Wafaq-ul-Madaris expressed its
reservation on the draft saying that no prominent religious
organisation had been taken into confidence while compiling the draft.
Minister for Interior Rehman Malik and Minister for Religious Affairs
Hamid Saeed Kazmi also expressed their reservations on the draft and
suggested that the Ministry of Education must seek guidance from the
religious organisations while compiling the draft.
meeting is also planned to be conducted by Ministry of Interior in
August in which Itihad-e-Tanzeemat-e-Deeni Madaris which includes
Waqaf-ul-Madaris, Tanzeem-ul-Madaris, Rabta Aalim-e-Islam, Ahl-e-Hadees
and Ahl-e-Tasheeh would participate and give their opinion on the draft
of National Education Policy.
According to the sources the final
shape of draft has already been informally submitted to the Cabinet on
Thursday in order to get it checked before sending it to the Printing
Cooperation of Pakistan.
"It is better to get it checked from
Cabinet now as printing costs millions of rupees and we don't want to
waste it in case of amendments afterwards," the sources said.
vision of the draft has also been changed and the new vision states
"our education system must provide quality education to our children
and youth to enable them to realize their individual potential and
contribute to the development of society and nation, creating a sense
of Pakistani national hood, concepts of tolerance, social justice,
democracy, regional and local culture and history based on basic
ideology according to the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan."
many as 20 objectives had been added to the already existing objectives
in order to enhance its implementation. "We have tried to take benefit
from the all previous policies in this regard and the positive things
had openly been adopted especially when it comes to the objectives,"
It is also worth mentioning that the new policy has
been designed as a living adaptable document mentioned in Chapter 11 as
its clause 11.2 states "In recent decades a tradition of time bound
policy documents has been established. This contradicts the reality of
education, which is an ongoing and living process. To reflect this
reality, the current document has not been bounded by a time frame. It
will be subject to changes as and when ground realities demand review
of specific area or areas discussed in the document."
states that periodic revision of the National Education Policy will be
replaced by a continuous cycle of review. After the policy is agreed,
and the implementation process begins, the policy will be revised as
per need identified through feedback from the implementers.
the previous policies which were compiled for the span of ten year or
more than it, the current policy is an open document in which changes
could be made anytime according to the needs and circumstances," the
According to the sources the draft of the policy
would be sent to Printing Cooperation of Pakistani after it will be
formally tabled to the Cabinet for the approval.
Education Planning and Policy Wing Deputy Educational Advisor (DEA) T M
Qureshi when contacted, conceded the mentioned changes in
the draft and said that the draft would be presented in the next
Cabinet meeting for the approval.
He said that they wanted the
draft to be acceptable by the every segment of society so it took a lot
of time in the consultation with all stakeholders.
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NISTE launches capacity building programme
Islamabad: The National Institute of Science and
Technical Education (NISTE) Ministry of Education has launched capacity
building programme in Science and English subjects.
capacity building programme has been launched in collaboration with
Education Support to Pakistan (Ed-Links) USAID, says a press release
issued here Friday.
Addressing the launching ceremony NISTE
Director General Prof Dr. Farid A. Khawaja said, "The NISTE has been
playing a vital role in imparting the training among the teachers of
all levels in Science and English subjects."
He said that the
resource persons and master trainers from different departments such as
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and other institutions
functioning under the Ministry of Education would make arrangements to
materialise the comprehensive plan of the government for dissemination
of Science and English subjects knowledge far and wide in the country.
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Schools to reopen in Malakand today
Peshawar: All government and private schools will reopen from today in
Malakand division, including those in the conflict-hit districts of
Swat, Buner and Lower Dir, following the military offensive against the
Taliban. "Everything is set for reopening educational institutions in
all conflict-hit districts except Kabal and Kanju where the military
operation is still being carried out," NWFP Additional Secretary for
Elementary and Secondary Education Qaisar Alam Khan said that on
"Teachers have been directed to resume their duties from today
and those who do not comply would face disciplinary action. Classes at
schools that were completely destroyed will be held in tents until
reconstruction is completed. The reconstruction funds are being
provided by international agencies," Qaisar said. Also, the All Private
Schools Management Association (APSMA) Malakand has decided to open all
private schools in the division from today. Daily Times
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Writers and poets delegation visits AIOU
Islamabad: Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Allama
Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Prof Dr Abdul Hafeez on Friday said that
poets, columnists and creative writers are nerves of our society and
effectively guiding and leading the nation towards its destination.
the visiting delegation of renowned scholars, writers and poets from
Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan here at the university campus, he said that
thinkers are sensitive organs of our society who play their pivotal
role in nurturing national unity among the masses.
Dr Hafeez thanked the writers for their long lasting association with Allama Iqbal Open University and discussed the advisory role and cooperation of the country's leading writers in formulating syllabi for the departments of Iqbaliat, Urdu and Pakistani Language of the University.
Hussaini, Shah Muhammad Marri, Dr Fatma Hussain, Prof Sahar Ansari,
Altaf Ahmad Qureshi, Sarwat Muhayddin, Rahat Saeed, Muhammad Ali
Pathan, Dr Ayaz Gul, Dr Yusaf Memon and Prof Nasir Ali Syed were
included in the delegation.
Speaking on the occasion, prominent
Sindhi poet Imdad Hussaini said that Islam and Pakistan are the common
factors in the creative works of all the writers and opinion difference
is a beautiful aspect of life. He lauded the role of the University in
uplift of life of the nation. The News
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