ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: On the direction of the Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has issued a letter to all provincial and area governments regarding the Single National Curriculum (SNC) Textbook Policy on Wednesday.
According to the SNC Textbook Policy of the ministry, private publishers are allowed to develop these textbooks aligned with Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) prescribed by the SNC.
In this regard, private publishers require the No-Objection Certificate (NOC) by Provincial/area Textbook Boards to enable the Boards to check any inclusion of anti-Pakistan, anti-religion, or any other hate material.
The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has advised all provincial/area Textbook Boards to exercise due diligence to ensure that private publishers are producing textbooks in line with the objectives and contents of SNC.
The ministry has also advised the textbook boards to facilitate the procedure of the NOC without red-tapism and avoiding cumbersome administrative complications.
The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training also apprised the concerned authorities that the new academic session would start now in August 2021 due to an extension in examination dates to be held in May/June and also prolonged school closures in the academic year of 2020/21.
The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, in consultation with provincial/area governments and all other stakeholders, has developed the Single National Curriculum (SNC) from pre-1 to grade 5 which shall be followed by all public and private schools across the Country from next academic year.
On the direction of the ministry, the National Curriculum Council, in consultation with all the stakeholders, has also developed model textbooks aligned with SLOs prescribed by the SNC from pre-1 to grade 5.