Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mehmood, said that the federal government will soon enact a uniform curriculum throughout the country.
A uniform education system will end inconsistency between public, private schools and madrassahs is the top priority of the incumbent government.
According to Shafqat Mehmood, different curriculums have divided the country’s youth and only a uniform curriculum will unite them.
While addressing a seminar organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University in connection to Quaid-e-Azam’s 144th birthday, the Education Minister said:
There are different systems of education in the country. Therefore, the government intends to introduce a uniform curriculum. These different systems of education have divided the country’s philosophy; a uniform syllabus will end this condition.
Shafqat Mehmood once again said that the uniform curriculum will be finalized by March 2020 and will come into effect from April.
We are in the process of making a unified curriculum for the children of the entire country, which will encompass everyone and children enrolled with government-run or private schools or even madrassahs will be taught only one curriculum.
Earlier in May, the federal cabinet authorized the Ministry of Education to devise a uniform curriculum.
There are around 30,000 madrassahs in Pakistan that are managed by Wifaqul Madaris. Since students of these madrassahs are imparted only religious education, they are unable to appear in examinations held by Boards of Education. The uniform curriculum will enable madrassah students to receive the same education as the students of public and private educational institutes.
A National Curriculum Council, set up by Prime Minister Imran Khan, is overseeing the development of the uniform curriculum. Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training was appointed as the Chairman of the National Curriculum Council.
Apart from developing a uniform curriculum, the National Curriculum Council’s primary responsibility is to create a consensus among different stakeholders so that the process to enforce a uniform curriculum does not get derailed.