Education in Pakistan

Topics: Higher education, Policy, Education Pages: 185 (75458 words) Published: February 16, 2011
EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN
_______________________________ A WHITE PAPER
REVISED

DOCUMENT TO DEBATE AND FINALIZE THE NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY

February 2007

PREPARED BY JAVED HASAN ALY NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY REVIEW TEAM This White Paper is intended to stimulate discussion of major policy issues concerning Education Sector in Pakistan. At this stage, it is not an official statement of Government’s policy but a draft document.

Education in Pakistan

A White Paper (Revised) -February 2007

EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN
_______________________________ A WHITE PAPER
REVISED

DOCUMENT TO DEBATE AND FINALIZE THE NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY

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Education in Pakistan

A White Paper (Revised) -February 2007

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Education in Pakistan

A White Paper (Revised) -February 2007

PREFACE TO THE REVISED WHITE PAPER

The White Paper on Education was disseminated end December 2006, as a pre-policy document to stimulate a discussion of major policy issues concerning education in Pakistan. It was to be succeeded by a draft policy document after full and due consideration of comments received from all stakeholders and development of financial scenarios on the basis of unit costs of different initiatives to be provided by provincial governments and an agreement on identified and committed resources available for investment in education over the next ten years by all providers of such investments. The draft policy document, therefore, is to determine policy targets committed to by all stakeholders and also prioritize these targets enabling realistic implementation plans to be prepared. The financial numbers are still awaited, as are comments from the provincial and area governments (except the Government of Punjab whose comments were received on 27th February, 2007). The drafting of the policy document must await these absolutely essential inputs. However, the White Paper has evoked some very valid and well considered comments and observations. Some serious academics have also aired their views, most impressively, in the national press. It is recognized that certain clarifications and amplifications are absolutely essential to enlarge its ownership by all concerned. A revised White Paper has, therefore, been attempted to incorporate all valid suggestions to make the pre-policy document more refined. This revised document will immediately be shared with all stakeholders, particularly the provincial governments whose comments on the original document are still awaited. It remains a pre-policy paper and at this stage does not represent official policy in any measure. The document will also be shared with all those honorable consultees who took their valuable time out to review the first attempt. This document still invites comments and suggestions from all to make this national exercise truly participatory. My gratitude is due to a large number of people who critically, yet sympathetically, commented on the first draft. My thanks are also due to some very dedicated assistance that was available to me.

Javed Hasan Aly February 28, 2007

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Education in Pakistan

A White Paper (Revised) -February 2007

CONTENTS
1. PREAMBLE ............................................................................................................................................................................. 1 2. BACKGROUND....................................................................................................................................................................... 1 3. OVERVIEW - PROCESS AND POLICY.............................................................................................................................. 3 4. VISION AND PURPOSE......................................................................................................................................................... 4 5. GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT...
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