Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that elimination of the prevailing class-based division in the country’s education sector was foremost priority of the present government.

Uniform education system was not only the need of modern era but was also a basic right of every child, he added.

The prime minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting here regarding the uniform curriculum.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Federal Education and Professional Education Shafqat Mehmood, Punjab Provincial Minister for Education Murad Ras, Punjab Provincial Minister for Higher Education Yasir Humayun, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Provincial Minister for Education Shehram Tarkai, Parliamentary Secretary for Federal Ministry of Education Mohtarma Wajiha Ikram and senior officers.

The prime minister said the new generation should be fully aware of the life and Sunnah of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) because “Hazrat Muhammad is the only role model for us and His Sunah is the beacon of light for us”.

He stressed that National Education Policy besides bringing improvement in the quality of education would also empower all segments of the society and provide equal opportunities.

The prime minister, however, added that the success of that system depended on the selection of teaching staff and their capacity building.

He said that the new policy would make getting quality education in Pakistan possible, while the uniform education system would be a role model for other countries of the region to follow.

Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood told the meeting that the introduction of a uniform curriculum at national level was aimed at prompting the analytical and creative capabilities of the students.

Besides promoting curricular education and Pakistanisms, the new system was also aimed at equipping the students with golden principles like truthfulness, fairness, tolerance, respect, mutual harmony, awareness about environment, democracy, human rights, sustainable development and self-defence.

The meeting stressed the need of character building of students should be given special importance in the uniform education system.

The meeting was informed that the new curriculum had been formulated in view of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it would be implemented in all the public and private schools as well as religious seminaries across the country.

“Promotion of Islamic teachings, Islamiat would be taught as a separate subject in the curriculum from 1st to 12th grade. For the subject Students belonging to minorities, a separate subject namely religious education had been introduced, which would be taught from Class One,” the meeting was told.

The meeting also discussed that the focus of uniform curricular education was to equip the students with the requirements of current era and in that regard the process of consultation with all stakeholders had been completed.