After a hiatus of seventeen years, Pakistan’s Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Education has announced a major revision of the National Curriculum. The Ministry’s official notification signifies a landmark step in the country’s educational system, marking a departure from the curriculum that was last updated in 2006.
The process of redesigning the curriculum for grades 9 to 12 was conducted with an inclusive approach. The incoming syllabus for classes 9 and 11 is slated for launch in 2024, while the revised curriculum for classes 10 and 12 will follow in 2025.
During the development stage, the Ministry prioritised active engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders. This involved a comprehensive consultation process with policymakers, academics, education practitioners, parents, and students from across the country.
The stakeholders’ voices were amplified through various forums, including policy dialogues held nationwide and curriculum workshops designed to glean direct feedback. Stakeholders were also given the opportunity to contribute their insights via an online portal.
Following regional curriculum workshops in each province, a final workshop was convened at the NCC Secretariat in Islamabad. In this decisive event, nominated experts from all provinces, including Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, gave their approval to the curriculum for nine key subjects, namely: Urdu, English, Islamiat, Pakistan Studies, Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Computer Science.
With a keen focus on ensuring effective implementation of the new curriculum, the Ministry conducted several stakeholder meetings. After thorough deliberations, the revised curriculum has been officially announced for the Islamabad Capital Territory and for the institutions under the Federal Ministries.
Alongside the formal notification, an implementation plan has also been outlined. Provinces are expected to review the curriculum and provide their official endorsement as per their respective Acts and laws. This comprehensive curriculum overhaul stands as a testament to Pakistan’s commitment to advancing its educational standards.