ISLAMABAD: Experts adopted a unified national curriculum for classes VI through VIII on Friday, which would be implemented starting next year.

The curriculum was approved by Allama Iqbal Open University after a five-day national meeting on the one curriculum.

From the forthcoming academic session, which begins in August this year, a single national curriculum for classes I through V will be implemented.

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Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood congratulated the educational units of provincial governments, stakeholders, and the National Curriculum Council during the conference’s online closing ceremony.

The unanimous ratification of a unified national curriculum of eight topics for grades VI to VIII, he said, was a step toward national unity, according to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision.

He congratulated “all federating units, scholars of various schools of thought, representatives of madressahs, and experts from all around the country.”

The minister stated that the government was cognizant of its duties in relation to national aspirations and international commitments to promote Pakistani education.

“With a single national curriculum, the class system would be abolished, and all citizens would have equal opportunity to advance,” he stated.

Mohammad Rafiq Tahir, Joint Educational Adviser and Chairman of the National Curriculum Council, described the curriculum as a “new chapter in Pakistan’s history.”

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