The objective of education is the developmen t of a self reliant individual, capable of analytical and original thinking, a responsible me mber of his community and, in the present era, a global citizen. It is imperative to identify and, possibly define, the touchstone for development of the child as a member of society. Each culture has its own ethos that bears relevance for its individual constituents. The challenge today is to secure values without regressing into unnecessary anachronism and parochial insularity. Th e other relevance of education is its ability to provide the graduates with an opportunity to ear n a living. Education should be able to increase the earning potential of the individual who is litera te; irrespective of the eventual vocation opted. The foregoing articulations of the economic a nd social goals are taken by the Policy as an appropriate basis for defining the priorities fo r National Educational Policy. They lead to two over-arching priorities. Given the important role of education as a key driver of economic growth and social advancement, the first policy priority is to widen access to education for all. Improving the quality of education, particularly in its di mension of being relevant to the needs of the economy, becomes the second strategic priority. This Policy document identifies policy acti ons in pursuit of these two overriding objectives. They are divided into policy actions required at the system level and actions pertaining to specific sub-sectors of education treated across various chapters. Policy Actions: 1. Provinces and Area Governments shall affi rm the goal of achieving universal and free primary education by 2015 and up to class 10 by 2025. 2. Provincial and Area Governments shall de velop plans for achieving these targets, including intermediate enrolment targets and estimates of the required financial, technical, human and organizational resources. 3. The plans shall also promote equity in edu cation with the aim of eliminating social exclusion and promoting national cohesion. Greater opportunities shall be provided to marginalised groups of society, particularly girls. 4. To achieve the commitments of Government of Pakistan towards Education for All (EFA) and the MDGs, inclusive and child -friendly education shall be promoted. 5. Special measures shall be adopted to en sure inclusion of special persons in mainstream education as well as in literacy and TVE programmes. 6. Governments shall improve quality of e ducational provision at all levels of education. 7. National Standards for educational inputs, processes and outputs shall be determined. A National Authority for Standa rds of Education shall be established. 20 The standards shall not debar a provincial and area government/organization from having its own standards above the prescribed minimum. 8. Provincial and district governments sh all establish monitoring and inspection systems to ensure quality education service delivery in all institutions. 9. Steps shall be taken to make educationa l provision relevant for the labour market and for promoting innovation in the economy. 10. Universities and research institutes shall place greater emphasis on mobilising research for promoting innovation in the economy. 11. Educational inputs need to be designed with a comprehension of the challenges and opportunities related to globalization. Strategies shall be developed to optimize opportunities and minimize the potentially negative impacts.