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Status of Early Learning in Pakistan. National Education Policy Proposed Actions. ECE age group shall be recognized as comprising 3 to 5 years. Provision of ECE shall be attached to primary schools which shall be provided with additional budget, teachers and assistants for this purpose.

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Status of early learning in pakistan

Status of Early Learning in Pakistan


National education policy proposed actions

National Education Policy Proposed Actions

  • ECE age group shall be recognized as comprising 3 to 5 years.

  • Provision of ECE shall be attached to primary schools which shall be provided with additional budget, teachers and assistants for this purpose.

  • For ECE teachers, a two-year specialized training in dealing with young children shall be a necessary requirement. This training shall be on the basis of the revised ECE National Curriculum.

  • The curriculum and support material for ECE shall take account of the cultural diversity of particular areas.


Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum


Structure

STRUCTURE

Higher Secondary Schools

(age 16-17)

Secondary

High Schools (age 14-15)

Middle Schools

(age 11-13)

Elementary

Elementary OR Primary (age 6-10)

Pre-Primary (age 4-5)


Numbers

NUMBERS!!!

  • Total Enrolment in pre-primary is 8.5 million (44% girls)

DROPOUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!


Policies and promises into action implementation challenges

Policies and Promises into ActionImplementation Challenges

  • Multi grade schools (approximately 60%)

  • Poor infrastructure and lack of resources

  • Lack of qualified teachers

  • Community prefrence for female teachers in early grades and shortage of female teachers in rural/remote areas

  • RESORCE ALLOCATION – Not a priority!

  • Lack of understanding among policy makers, implementers


The good story

The Good Story

  • Punjab province has initiated early childhood centers in selected schools and has allocated resources for ECE

  • Training of ECE in pre-service is being prioritized

  • Pilots across the country with very good lessons have built capacity of government officials and teachers in all 4 major provinces


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