PROMISE

Transform Education

Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:

PTI will put in place the most ambitious education agenda in Pakistan’s history, spanning reform of primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational, and special education.

Since the devolution of Education as a subject to the provinces, a national consensus on critical matter of equity in education has been evasive. Pakistan’s National Curriculum has not been reviewed or updated in the past 12 years, and no national consensus on medium of instruction and teaching of languages exists. The education budget allocation remains well below the prescribed 4% of GDP and poor education planning results in supply and demand mismatches. Nearly 22.5 million children are out of school in Pakistan and the ones who are not learning commensurate to their age or grade. The public school delivery system is under-resourced and has capacity constraints. At the higher education level, research volume and quality is limited, and university administration continues to be highly politicised.

We will establish a National Ministry/Commission for Human Capital Development to forecast future domestic and international labour force requirements to increase or decrease supply of different fields of education, evaluate the curricula based on needs and trends of the labour market and develop a National Human Development Strategy annually to propose the supply of any new fields of technical or professional education.
We will establish a National Commission for Education Standards that will issue a revised “Minimum Standards” list within 6 months of its constitution and initiate a
National Dialogue and technical consultation to approve a policy on the teaching of languages at each level of education.
We will build the largest public-private partnership for education access in the developing world through vouchers for low-fee private schools & access to credit for educated youth to teach students in their communities.
We will create an Education Fund for young entrepreneurs to develop technology and communication-enabled solutions to provide access to education in remote areas.
We will establish minimum standards for all public schools to ensure provision of facilities and a child-friendly learning environment.
We will launch a nationwide literacy programme to engage 50,000 youth volunteers to teach literacy in exchange for university credits.
We will launch a Teach for Pakistan effort to bring high quality talent into the public system as teachers or coaches.
We will launch a large-scale teacher certification programme.
We will increase schools at secondary level for girls by upgrading schools every year in high-enrolment areas and launching nation-wide radio, television and online self-learning programmes for secondary students
We will provide stipends to secondary school-going girls to reduce barriers to access.
We will establish a National Steering Committee to enact examination board overhaul and move towards instituting a standardised central examination scheme and participate in the PISA-D.
We will launch a strategy to provide equipment, teacher training and competitions and co-curricular activities for students to improve instruction and learning of STEM subjects.
We will establish at least 10 technical universities in Pakistan to provide skills to our youth
We will provide public scholarships and set up a National Endowment Fund for international universities, and provide international distance-learning opportunities for tertiary education.
We will attract foreign university graduates from Pakistan to teach and supervise research in local universities.
We will create partnerships with international universities to improve teaching and research quality and will incentivise research quality (as judged by international benchmarks) as opposed to research volume.
We will remove political influence and create an independent, transparent mechanism to select Vice Chancellors and senior administrators.
We will regulate university curriculum to include compulsory courses on communication, reasoning, IT literacy as well as instruction in social sciences.
We will transform the National Vocational and Technical Training Council (NAVTTC) to a best-in-class organisation to plan, monitor and support provincial bodies in implementation.
We will streamline the role of provincial institutions such as TEVTA, Skills Development Funds, Boards of Technical Education and eliminate obsolete institutions.
We will engage foreign technical universities and providers under public-private partnership agreements to offer specialised, high-quality training.
We will expand vocational training programmes to provide relevant, high-quality skills to post-secondary students each year and will create partnerships with local industries and foreign governments to employ vocational and technical graduates.
We will map out and register all seminaries across Pakistan including information on finances, and introduce literacy and mathematics teaching as formal subjects within the Madrassah curriculum.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
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