ISLAMABAD: Formulation of the single national curriculum (SNC)is a historic initiative, introduced to eliminate Pakistan`s long standing class-based education system, according to a statement issued by the Ministryof Educationinresponse to objections being raised by various quarters on the SNC.
It has been highlighted in the statement that a campaign against the SNC has been started that is spreading f alse information like, `an Ulema Board has decreed that all human figures in biology text books of the SNC be covered with appropriate clothes to protect their modesty.
Qaris from madrassahs would be appointed in all schools, public and private, to teach the holy Quran. And the SNC discriminates against minorities.
In response to the three objections, the ministry clarified: `The SNC has so far only been approved till grade V. Biology is a subject that is taught from Grade 9 and no textbooks for biology have so far been finalised. The federal government`s approval process for science text-books does not involve any consultation with the Muttahida Ulema Board and so any claim that the board has prohibited the inclusion of any diagrams or educational material from the biology textbooks is f actually inaccurate.
Science textbooks are being developed in close consultation with renowned local and international experts and will not be approved for publishing until it is determined that they meet the required global benchmarks, the statement further said, adding: `It is, however, true that Punjab Assembly has approved a law whereby an ulema board approves all Islamic content in the curriculum. Punjab government has informed the federal ministry that no change was made in the biology textbooks by the said board.
The statement said that appointment of a Quran teacher in public and private schools was not ordered.