President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said that the solution of problems faced by Pakistan lies in uniform education system; promotion of modern sciences, Urdu and other languages; dissemination of awareness in new generation about history; and addressing the economic problems of teachers.
The President expressed these views while inaugurating the 6th Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday.
Education Ministers from Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Convener National Curriculum Muhammad Rafique Tahir, Federal Secretary for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar and high officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab were also present on the occasion. The Conference was also addressed by Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engr. Muhammad Baligh-Ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Dr. Usman Ibrahim, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman and Education Minister Azad Kashmir Muhammad Matloob Inkalabi.
The President said that the promotion of uniform education system and the elimination of class-based education system was a must to tackle the challenges faced by Pakistan. He said, it was not an easy task and for this purpose, work will have to be done in phases under effective planning.
The President said that while maintaining the importance of English and local languages, Urdu language should be promoted and its cultural links should be revived. He, however, added that in this respect it should be ensured that any local language in Pakistan does not emerge as a rival to other language; rather these should be supportive and helpful to each other.
The President said that no country can achieve progress in terms of education unless its society or state takes the responsibility to address the economic problems of teachers.
He said due to some historic factors, Pakistan’s historic, cultural and ethnic heritage receded in the background, which also affected our education system and the country became the hub of experiments, adding, it also caused hindrance in the process of nation building. The President said it were these problems which promoted different kinds of prejudices and extremism in the country and created problems for Pakistan.
He said the application of uniform education system in the country was a must to tackle the challenges of terrorism and extremism facing Pakistan. The President also called for entrusting the primary education sector to women. Pakistan can come out of the current challenges, if changes are made in the curriculum while keeping in view these fundamentals, the President stressed. The President said that if the conference succeeds in devising an excellent curriculum then they will always be remembered by the nation.
Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engr. Muhammad Baligh-Ur-Rehman said that uniform curriculum is a must for nation building. Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Dr. Usman Ibrahim stated in his address that agreement on minimal commonalities for devising national curriculum is need of the hour.