Chairing the meeting of the Inter-Provincial Education Minister’s Conference, the federal minister, on the occasion, said that the meeting was going to play an instrumental role in developing a way forward for dealing with the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. A detailed presentation was given by the federal secretary of Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training Naheed S. Durrani shedding light on the facilitation of provinces under Emergency Actions to Strengthen Performance for Inclusive and Responsive Education Project. She informed that yearly funds had been allocated to all 4 provinces and the federal area. She further talked about the disbursement process of ASPIRE

Joint Secretary-MOFEPT, Waseem Ajmal Chaudhary while briefing the participants about the Pakistan National Education Response and Resilience plan said that this plan serves as an education response framework to Covid-19. He further informed that the plan covered both public and private sectors and included all levels of education.

The experts of World Bank briefed the participants on the developmental projects including the Action to Strengthen Performance for Inclusive and Responsive Education and Response, Recovery and Resilience in Education Projects. An open discussion regarding impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the education sector, calendar of examination for new academic year, safe reopening of schools and remedial education strategies also took place during the meeting.

Important matters with regards to strengthening of the federal-provincial coordination mechanism, Introducing National Education Policy-2022, introduction of assessment reforms in the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education and shifting tram absolute scoring to relative grading system were also discussed.

Syed Sardar All Shah, Provincial Minister for Education and Literacy Sindh and Muhammad Ismail Rahoo, Provincial Minister for Universities & Board Siridh attended the meeting physically. Sharam Khan Tarakai, Provincial Minister-Elementary & Secondary Education Department-KPK, Deewan All Khan, Minister Elementary and Secondary Education Department-AJK, Dr. Murad Hass, School Education Department-Punjab, Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfraz, Provincial Minister for Higher Education-Punjab attended the meeting virtually. Senior Officials of Federal Education Ministry, Provincial/regional education departments of Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, Punjab, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan also participated in the meeting.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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