ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Education has finalised the draft of the national education policy 2009, which would be presented before the cabinet for final approval in its next meeting. Earlier, The Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani had directed the ministry officials to present the policy in the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday but due to the delay in the finalisation and printing of the draft, the ministry could not do so. The draft accepts that despite the progress some one third of primary school age children remain out of school, a proportion that rises to some three quarters for secondary school children. Clearly Pakistan is some distance away from achieving universal schooling even at the primary level. The policy draft says that cultural values of the majority of Pakistanis are derived from Islam. An education system reflects and strengthens social, cultural and moral values so Pakistans educational Interventions have to be based on the core values of faith. Regarding the Islamic education the document declares, The national education policy recognises the importance of Islamic values and adheres to the agreed principles in this regard. All policy interventions shall fall within the parameters identified in the Principles of Policy as laid down in Articles 29, 30, 33, 36, 37 and 40 of Constitution of Pakistan 1973. These include the need for Muslim children to be provided instructions in Islamiyat to enable them to develop themselves as good Muslims. Similarly, minorities should be provided with facilities to get education of their own religion. In the document the government commits that the provinces and area governments shall affirm the goal of achieving universal and free primary education by 2015 and up to class 10 by 2025. The government shall commit to allocating 7 per cent of GDP to education by 2015. It further says that the government shall explore ways to increase the contribution of the private sector, which at present contributes only 16 per cent of the total educational resources. And a system of checks and balances for the private sector shall be formed to oversee the issues of fee, school standards, pays of teachers, conduct and hygiene. The curriculum from Class I onward shall include English (as a subject), Urdu, one regional language and mathematics along with an integrated subject. The provincial and area education departments shall have the choice to select the medium of instruction up to Class V. And primary education official age shall be six to ten years.