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Education strategy 2018 would be launching soon, Education Profile of New federal Education Minister

By Ukasha Mughal

Missing educational standards would be developed and followed in letter and spirit: Shafat Mehmood

The relevant authorities acknowledged that uplifting the education system is one of the biggest challenges for the new government.

LAHORE- Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said new Education strategy 2018 would be launch soon. He further added our Government will work with provincial government to increase enrollment rate.

Education Policy will be able to send 20 million out of school children to school. Officials of the ministry and its attached departments, the minister said during briefing “Education was the topmost priority of the government in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan”. He said,

We will work in coordination with all provinces and provide education to all in line with the Constitution. It is our responsibility to give excellent policies and take all necessary measures to implement education related policies.

The minister said “All missing educational standards would be developed and followed in letter and spirit”. Skill development was equally important component of the government’s agenda and the ministry would take it as challenge.

Shafqat Mehmood said,

All vacant positions at the ministry and its attached departments will be filled purely on merit and in a transparent manner.

The minister directed bosses of the ministry’s all attached departments to ensure facilitation of Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Azad Jammu (AJ) and Kashmir alongside other provinces in educational and professional training projects and initiatives.

Secretary of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training Arshad Mirza, senior officers of the ministry and heads of attached departments were present in the meeting. He said,

All vacant positions at the ministry and its attached departments will be filled purely on merit and in a transparent manner.

Shafqat Mehmmod (Fed. Education Minister) Education profile:

He studied in Government College University, Lahore before completing his Certificate of Merit from University of the Punjab in 1970. He did degree of Masters in Psychology or Master Degree in Public Administration Harvard University Cambridge USA 1918. Master degree in Public Policy and Administration from University of southern California 1987.

He has served the civil services of Pakistan for about 12 years. He served as Assistant Commissioner of Murree and Pakpatan from till 1978. After which he was posted as provincial deputy secretary in Lahore. He served as Deputy Commissioner of Gujranwala and Dera Ghazi Khan for five years and also as an Additional Commissioner Afghan Refugees Organization for short time in 1985. He served as Additional Secretary Finance of Government of Punjab in 1988 to 1989. Later, he joined Prime Minister’s Secretariat and served as Joint Secretary from 1989 to 1990.

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