Islamabad: Shafqat Mehmood, the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, on Tuesday stated that non-Muslim minority group students would study about their own religion rather than Islamic studies. The Single National Curriculum (SNC) was also discussed.
Previously, the school curriculum followed in Pakistan required non-Muslim students to study Islamic studies. Non-Muslim students studying in Pakistan had no choice but to learn about Islamic values rather than their own religious values. In addition to this, no elective courses about minority religions like Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and others are taught at matriculation or intermediate level. Many students are unaware of their own religious values.
However, in a meeting with British High Commissioner Dr. Christian Turner, Shafqat Mehmood elucidates that separate articles for Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Baha’i and Kailash communities have been composed with the consultation of religious scholars of these particular religions. Religious minorities will be taught about their own religious values.
Single National Curriculum
During the meeting, the Federal education minister also discussed key details about the uniform curriculum, which has been made keeping in mind the latest international research. Shafqat Mehmood stated that Mathematics, English, and Science subjects will be taught in English language whereas; Islamic studies will be taught in Urdu till 5th grade. In addition to this, Social Studies and General Knowledge will also be taught in Urdu, however; certain English terms will be included in these subjects. For students from 6th to 8th grade, the English components in their courses will gradually be increased, so that students can get acquainted with the language easily. After 8th grade, students are at liberty to choose international or national qualification for their education.
The Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mehmood, said that private publishers are allowed to publish books; provinces and private schools can use books of their choice however, two conditions have to be met. The books published by private companies should be consistent with Single National Curriculum and no offensive material should be included in the book.