LAHORE: The ministry of federal education and Professionals officially gave permission to publishers for adding additional supplementary material as per their requirement after necessary approvals through a notification issued on Sunday. This notification is issued after the meeting of private publishers, including Oxford and Cambridge, with the officials of government on the implementation of the SNC in public and private schools.
The meeting also decided to removed the no-objection certificate (NOC) for supplementary reading material under the Single National Curriculum (SNC) for both private and government publishers after which the publisher can add extra reading material in their book following the guidelines for the SNC books issued by the government.
The notification said, “The Single National Curriculum prescribes minimum standards to be followed and does not limit any textbook to the prescribed Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) only” and further states, “The ministry does not require NOC for supplementary reading material. However, curriculum authorities of provinces may require NOC as per their rules.”
The meeting was held at Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) office and The participants include PCTB Managing Director Dr. Farooq Manzor, Oxford Press MD Arshad Saeed Husain, Convener Private Higher Education Institutions Imran Masood, Director Curriculum Aamir Riaz, and Private Publishers Association President Fawaz Niaz.
Single National Curriculum is launched by the Federal Education Ministry under the vision of One system of Education for all, in terms of curriculum, medium of instruction, and a common platform of assessment so that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to receive a high-quality education. This initiative has sparked many issues across the country including the rejection of the Sindh Government regarding the SNC syllabus and books.