Sept 29 (APP): National Education Foundation and three private schools of Azad Jammu & Kashmir signed a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) regarding the technical and vocational schools here Thursday. The MoU was signed at the Ministry of Federal Education while the Minister of State for Federal Education, Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman was also present.
Minister of State floated the idea of the provision of vocational education in private schools of federally administrated areas (AJK, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA and ICT) along with the formal education from class 6th onwards in the 18th meeting of board of governors. Currently, NEF is sponsoring 200 students from class 6th to class 9th at AL Farabi School, and paying Rs. 750/child from class 6th to class 8th and Rs. 1050/child for class 9th as a fee. Curriculum for class 6th has been drafted while curriculum for class 7th and class 8th is near its completion.
Courses include in the curriculum are electrical, mobile repairing, welding, AC and refrigeration, and plumbing for boys. And stitching, fashion designing, beautician, and embroidery for girls. Under this project following provisions are included; provision of free vocational and formal education from class 6th to class 8th, provision of Rs. 800 every month of each child to the school on account of fee by NEF, provision of free books, provision of partial expenditure for establishment of workshops, quarterly monitoring by NEF and third party validation etc. Talking about the importance of technical and vocational education, Minister of State shared his views with the participants and also took their feedback, especially from the members of those schools who have started the project in ICT. APP/Cdra/VNS Islamabad