Revised education policy soon: Edu Minister
ISLAMABAD, May 28(Dawn): Federal Education Minister Lt Gen (retd) Javed Ashraf
Kazi said on Saturday that the draft of the revised education policy had been
finalised and was being submitted to the federal cabinet for final
The minister said: "The revised education policy is ready
for implementation". He said that the policy was first firmed up in 1998 and
needed drastic revision for incorporating many new things including the
He said that the draft of the revised education policy had
been finalised after incorporating comments and inputs from all the four
provinces, educationists and intellectuals with a view to avoid
He said a special coordination committee of the ministry of
education had been involved in finalising the revised education policy,
especially with a view to ensure international standard. He said: "It took us
about two years to finalise the draft."
Responding to a question, he said
while the revised education policy was being finalised, reform process was
continued to have broad improvements in the education sector. He said the
government had been spending substantial funds for implementing reforms in the
Talking about the current literacy rate, the minister
said that according to the last population census conducted in 1998, 48 percent
people were considered literate in the country. However, he referred to the
latest household survey conducted by the Statistics Division which kept the
literacy rate at 58 percent.
He said the literacy rate was 44 percent in
1998 which included 55 percent in male and 32 percent in female which now was 65
percent and 40 percent respectively.
He said: "our target is to have 85
percent literacy rate by 2010."In reply to a question, he said Prime Minister
Shaukat Aziz had promised to increase the education allocation from the existing
2.7 percent of the GDP to 4 percent of the GDP in the budget of 2007-08 fiscal
He said the main objectives of the revised policy included
universal access to primary education by increasing the net enrolment and higher
rate of survival of children till grade 5, increase in the adult literacy rate
and to attain gender equality at all levels.
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