Staff Reporter Islamabad
In line with his vision to end educational disparity, Prime Minister Imran Khan launch on Monday (Today) the first phase of the Single National Curriculum (SNC) for the students of grade Pre-1 (Kindergarten) to grade 5, across the country.
The uniform curriculum has been developed by National Curriculum Council, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, in consultation and collaboration with education departments of all federating units of the country.
The Single National Curriculum is being developed and released in three phases. In first phase, the plan for grades Pre-1 to 5 (academic year 2021-22) will be implemented, whereas in second and third phases, the grades 6 to 8 (2022-23) and grades 9 to 12 (2023-24) will follow the new curriculum, respectively.
The development of SNC is driven by key considerations such as teachings of the Holy Quran and Seerat-e-Nabwi, Pakistan’s constitutional framework, national policies with their aspirations and standards, alignment with Sustainable Development Goals, the Quaid and Iqbal’s vision, a focus on values, respect for diversity in cultures and religions, and the development of 21st century skills including analytical, critical, and creative thinking.
The process for developing the SNC entailed both a comparative review with curricula from other countries and consensus building within Pakistan following a consultative process.
As first step, multiple comparative studies were conducted to align an SNC draft with international standards.
These standards were taken from curricula followed in Singapore, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Indonesia and findings incorporated in the SNC draft.