Single National Curriculum: A Solution For Pakistan’s Education Woes?

Single National Curriculum

Single National Curriculum (SNC) is a practical approach for equal education for all Pakistani children regardless of their ethnicity, social background, and financial status. This system of education is being enforced in the country at the primary level from March 2021 and for further classes in the coming years.

The current education system of the country has many drawbacks and Single National Curriculum (SNC) is the most desirable solution to those problems. Although, it is not a new policy and part of it is enforced since independence but this time it will be fully implemented throughout the country. National Curriculum Council will devise this Single National Curriculum based and will try to provide a solution for all the problems.

The curriculum for all the provinces, private and government schools, madrassas, English, or Urdu medium institutions will be the same leading to uniformity in the education system. It will ultimately cause national integration among provinces. Students will be tested and checked through the same examination system. Teacher training and the transfer will become easy rather than different strategies for separate provinces. Every student will have an opportunity to get a quality education. The competitive exams conduction process will become easier and the social mobility of students will be possible in any area of the country.

This curriculum is being designed with special attention towards modern science and technology after analysis and comparison with Cambridge and Singapore curriculum and Pakistan’s Learner Standards comparison with those of Malaysia, Singapore, and UK standards. Ministry of Federal Education is developing curriculum after collaboration and consultation with federating units, public sector, private sector, and Federal Government Educational Institutions (FGEI) Cantts & Garrisons.

The most notable advantage of the Single National Curriculum is updated content for students. As Education Policy of 2006 enforced at the moment is highly outdated, books should be updated based on new research about students learning and modern inventions. This content will be activity-based that will involve the skills of students rather than cramming of text.

All the above discussion makes us clear that Single National Curriculum will have a long-lasting impact on our education system and provide a solution to many problems. But it may not provide a solution to all the problems. For instance, it may ignore the importance of the mother language in getting a basic education. Activity-based content may require internet access for videos and other activities which are not available in many rural areas of the country. Single National Curriculum implementation will be a challenge for the teachers. Although the teacher’s training resulted very positive still no one is sure for success in every area and aspect.

Government has to work on the issue of a smaller number of teachers available for a large number of students. Single National Curriculum (SNC) provides no solution for those students who are outside of school and students with disabilities. The examination system needs many reforms for the correct implementation of the Single National Curriculum.

It can be inferred that Single National Curriculum is not a solution to all the problems of the education sector but true implementation will produce effective results up to a greater extent.