According to the Decision of the Executive committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on 5th August,1985. the PLO Executive Committee Member, Head of Education and Higher Education Department, Late Yaser Amro, was mandated to set the special bases and necessary systems for establishing the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Culture and Science within the framework of the Educationand Higher Education Department of PLO.
On 6th may,1992, His highness President Late, Yaser Arafat,endorsed the charter of the Education and Higher Education Department – decision No.4217 – stating that a commission should be formed in the Name of Palestinian National Commission for Education , Culture & Science with a special charter for this purpose. Then late Jihad Qarasholli was appointed as a Director General for the Education and Higher Education Department of PLO , and a Secretary General for PNCECS , This National Commission had practiced its tasks within this framework till it was re-composed in homeland by the end of 1994.
On 8th September His Highness President Late Yaser Arafat, Issued a decision for re-composing PNCECS in Ramallah City and appointing Late Jihad Qarasholli, Abu Manhal, a Secretary General for it. Since then PNCECS practiced its tasks within the framework of the Pressidents Office till 10th March , 2005 when His Highness President , Mahmoud Abbas , Abu Mazen issued a Presidentical Decree by which he annexed PNCECS to the Education and Higher Education Department of PLO.
On 10th July ,2005 His Highness President , Mohmoud Abbas , Abu Mazen , issued a Presidential Decree , by which he annexed PNCECS to the Ministers Council, and appointed Mr. Hisham Mustapha in a rank of Undersecretary, as a Secretary General, successor of Late Abu Manhal, and formed a Supervisory Body presided by the Minister of Education, and the membership of the Minister of Culture and the Secretary General of the Ministers Council.
On 16th February, 2006, His Highness President, Abu Mazen, issued a presidential Decree by which he cancelled his previous Presidential Decree, and re-annexed PNCECS to the Education and Higher Education Department of PLO; and he issued a Presidential Decree by which he promoted Mr. Ismail Tellawi to the Rank of Secretary General of PNCECS in the Rank of Undersecretary , successor of Mr. Hisham Mustapha who retired.
On 15th Augat,2006, His Highness President , Abu Mazen , mandated Mr. Yahya Yakhlaf to preside PNCECS till further notice.