National Curriculum Council (NCC)
In Pakistan four distinct systems of education and examinations are being followed i.e. public school system, private school system, Deeni Madaris system and non-formal education system. Each one follows different curricula and assessment systems resulting in wide range of inequalities and disparities. Uniformity in curricula and standards has, therefore, become a matter of great concern. The abolition of Concurrent Legislative List under 18th Constitutional Amendment which fully devolved education to the provinces has added yet another dimension of uniformity in standards amongst various provinces/areas. This has raised national and global concerns for uniformity in curricula and standards. All the federating units realized the need for creation of national forum to address these concerns constituted a national coordinating body called National Curriculum Council (NCC) consisting of three members from each Province/Area, one each from Curriculum Bureaus, Textbook Book Boards, and Education Department. NCC has been constituted to function under the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. NCC is mandated to serve as a professional, advisory and consultative national body to steer and guide the development of curriculum in close collaboration and consultation with all the federating units to ensure minimum quality standards from Early Childhood Education to Grade XII. Following are the main functions of NCC:
Functions of NCC
- Develop Minimum National Standards in all subjects and for all grades (pre-primary to XII)
- Development of National Curriculum Framework in consultation with all stakeholders.
- Conduct research in Curriculum, teachers’ training and assessment.
- Develop Linkages and networking amongst all concerned institutions at both the national and international levels.
- Coordination, development and revision of uniform minimum quality standards in curriculum.
National Curriculum Council, Secretariat
National Curriculum Council, Secretariat has been established in Curriculum Wing, Islamabad to facilitate and assist NCC in undertaking various activities relating to curriculum development across the country. The Secretariat is proving technical support to NCC for development of minimum national standards and National Curriculum Framework (NCF). The Secretariat is headed by Join Educational Advisor. He is assisted by Deputy Educational Advisers, Assistant Educational Advisers and Education Officers. Three sections i.e. 1) NCC framework Standards, 2) Quality Assurance in Learning and Assessment and 3) Research and Evaluation have been created in the NCC, Secretariat. Each Section is headed by Deputy Educational Adviser.
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