Multiple steps towards reducing dropout rate of students: Shafqat

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shahfqat Mahmood Wednesday expressed that the  government has launched various programmes aimed at improving literacy by enrolling all dropped out children in schools by providing equal education opportunities to the underprivileged segments of the society.

Talking to a private news channel, he said to tackle the literacy-related challenges in the post-COVID-19 world, the ministry of education, under the guidance of Prime Minister Imran Khan was launching various multiple schemes for adult education as students pay the price for coronavirus lockdown and their learning level was badly affect.

He explained that despite the fact that following the 18th constitutional amendment education has been devolved to the provinces, the federal government has made sincere efforts to take all provincial governments and other relevant stakeholders on board so as to develop an “Inter-Provincial Mechanism” and help address the education related challenges.

Shafqat Mahmood said that his ministry and World Bank (WB) were already closely working in providing education to students through distance learning during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Minister said long-term school closures in Covid-19 also put children at risk of losing their skills they had already developed, adding, students were the future of the country and all of us should secure their future by ensuring their easy access to quality education.

Shafqat Mehmood said the whole nation was being divided in to different education systems from last many years but the present government was committed to introduce a unified curriculum policy in the first time in the country, adding it would be implemented on the government, private schools and seminaries (Madrassas) at the same time.

He also assured full support of the federal government in implementation of the uniform education system in the country. - APP