Planning & Development

Planning Minister for skill based education to fulfil market needs

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need for skill based education to fulfil market requirements.
Addressing the National Skills University (NSU), on the International Day of Education, the Minister said that the incumbent government was focusing on skill-based education and steps were being taken to promote it. It is imperative for us to transform our education system in accordance with the modern trends, said the Minister while reiterating that the government is taking concrete steps for creating an effective teaching and learning environment across the country.
The ceremony was attended by the Chairman Higher Education Commission HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, NSU Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar and large number of students and teachers were also present at the occasion.
In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of learning for peace and development. This is a reminder of our collective duty to help every girl and boy access the quality education that is their right, offering them a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the realities of education have been transformed as skill base education has overtaken degree base education system. “A human resource equipped with a diverse set of skills is the prerequisite to deal with the needs and requirements of the modern age driven by unprecedented technological advancements,” remarked the Minister, while urged the teachers to inculcate practical knowledge instead of theories.
The minister said that the national curriculum reforms were launched under Vision 2025 and the National Curriculum Council was also established. However, he said that the previous government made the reforms agenda ‘controversial’. Prof Iqbal said that four important things — curriculum reforms, teachers’ training, examination and Madrassa reforms — were needed to be addressed immediately as it was a part of the Vision 2025 but unfortunately the previous government stopped the projects. The Minister further said that NSU is one of the manifestations of those efforts. It was built on the vision to revolutionize skill education in the whole country.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Federal Education & Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain said that the government has been constantly focusing on skilled education,” Since I took charge in April this year my top priority is to promote skilled education,” he added.
The Education Minister said that it was unfortunate that quality of education has been compromised with the passage of time and stressed to focus on the quality of education instead of quantity.