Educational policy-making is a cornerstone of educational planning (UNESCO). In the light of the National Education Policy (2009-2015), the paper discusses strengths and weaknesses prevalent in policy formulation and explores implementation and review process in Pakistan by making use of available relevant literature on this topic with special reference to policy reviews available with UNESCO. The paper also attempts to discuss critically National Education Policy by making use of the International Institute for Educational Planning’s (IIEP) applied framework regarding educational planning and policy-making. The policy analysis framework and case studies developed by UNESCO provide planners with both a conceptual and an operational guide for understanding the critical linkages in the policy-planning process for education. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a scheme or series of steps through which sound and
workable policies can be formulated, and then, through effective planning, put into effect, evaluated and redesigned. The paper puts forward recommendations for exploiting opportunities and encountering challenges for making education policy a cyclic process to avoid incremental policy-making approach.
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