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10 percent schools be dedicated for vocational education: Baligh (Pakistan)

The Business Recorder, Quetta, 27 April 2015 - Federal Minister of State for Federal Education, Eng. Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman has underlined the need to dedicate 10 percent secondary schools for vocational education across the country.

He said this while speaking at 5th Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference, here on Monday.

He said, "During my visit to Germany, I was informed that about 30 percent German students were getting vocational and technical education in comparison with Pakistan where only one percent students are enrolled for vocational education".

He said that in Germany, a student of 7th class has to decide whether he wants to get further education in commerce, technology or any other discipline, respectively.

"We have planned to form vocational and technical schools under Private-Public Partnership in collaboration with National Education Foundation," he said, adding that such schools would also be given incentives.

He said that the plan to form vocational schools under private-public partnership would also include in National Education Policy and students of matriculate level after getting vocational education would be able to join market.

He said that National Education Curriculum would provide guidance for vocational education curriculum. He said that students of Danish Schools System in Punjab have been participating in different competitions at national level.

He said that following the curriculums of developed countries, we would include subjects of human rights, environment and traffic rules in our curriculum. "Although, there is disparity between financial resources and ground realities, however, we have been working on National Education Assessment Program and National Education Policy Program," he said.

He urged INTEL Computer Company and researchers at universities to share their computer science curriculum and research work with the Ministry of Education and other government departments, respectively, so that the country could get benefit from them.

He said that the government had launched National Qualification Framework (NQF) and National Education Policy (NEP). He said that after the passage of 18th amendment, provinces could not give adequate results in curriculum preparation. He emphasized the need to implement national education policies in letter and spirit.

Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pro-Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said there is need of standardized and quality education."National Quality Framework aims on raising level of education, helping in recognition of academic qualification at international level and providing guidelines for uniform semester examinations," he said.


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