Islamabad - The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has finalised new curriculum to be taught in primary schools of the federal capital from the next academic year, an official source told The Nation on Tuesday.

The ministry also intends to invite provincial education ministries to adopt the same curriculum, the source added. The ministry is also preparing updated curriculum for secondary classes, the source added.

After consultation with the provinces and other regions, the federal government will introduce the curriculum up to primary level from April 2018 in the federal territories initially, said the source.

The source also said that the draft curriculum had also been given to the provinces, expected to implement the same with amendments as per the requirements of the provinces. The new curriculum is part of the ministry’s efforts aimed at reforming the education sector, the source said.                 

According to the policy draft available with The Nation, the medium of instruction for all subjects at primary level will be national or local language and the English subject will be taught from grade one.

According to the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) draft, harmonisation in curriculum had been given space to achieve the national goals and standards in the education.

The source said that the new curriculum has been prepared taking into account philosophical considerations, psychological aspects, social and historical factors and economic considerations.

The source further said that the textbooks would be developed keeping in view different learning styles and needs of learners while federal and provincial governments might initiate necessary steps in line with the policy.

However, the books developed should be aligned to the ideology and life philosophy of the nation and have clear learning objectives.

The policy draft said that the books would be complying with the requirements of the relevant curriculum and organised, updated and explanatory.

Joint Education Advisor Prof Tahir Rafiq said that the new curriculum would be introduced in pre-primary to grade five educational institutions in the federal capital. He also said that the secondary education would be covered next year and likely implemented in 2019.