The government is working on devising a national level education policy to ensure that every child in the country has access to quality education, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood said on Monday.

The minister was speaking to newsmen after presiding over a meeting of National Task Force For Education. Higher Education Minister Dr Tariq Banuri and other senior officials of the departments concerned were present during the meeting.

During the meeting, Mahmood said the education system was facing numerous challenges and they would all be tackled according to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The minister said there was a dire need to focus on imparting technical training to the youth.

The meeting sought recommendations from education experts for bringing reforms in this sector, with the minister assuring the participants that all resources would be utilised to improve the education sector.

The meeting also sought recommendations on madrassa education from noted cleric Mufti Muneebur Rehman, who attended the meeting via telelink. The participants discussed in detail the challenges of bringing 25 million out-of-school children to school, developing and implementing a uniform education system, improving the quality of education and skill development for all.

Later during his talk with newsmen, Mahmood said the prime minister had a clear vision about reforming education sector and the government wanted to provide equal educational opportunities to both rich and poor.

He said the task force had formed sub-committees that will work on various aspects of the education reforms agenda. The federal minister said the education sector had suffered immensely due to ineffective policies of the previous government, adding that the ministry would brief the prime minister on the overall situation of education in the country in the coming month.

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