KARACHI: Political leaders on Thursday strongly opposed the recent changes of syllabus in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s curriculum and termed it a conspiracy to deprive the new generation from Islamic ideology and principles.
Talking at an All Parties Conference, organized by Jamiat Talba Islam (JTI) Karachi chapter at Karachi Press Club, amir of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sindh chapter Dr Mirajul Huda said with the help of teachers, students and society a better educational system becomes into existence. He regretted that the recent changes being introduced in our educational syllabus seem conspiracy of foreign hands. He said that these changes do not reflect the society our people live in.
He said the people with secular minds are trying to impose their agenda forcefully. He demanded of Sindh government that qualified educational experts should be appointed to bring reforms in syllabus and withdraw the recent hastily amendments in the syllabus.
JI Naib amir Mohammad Hussain Mehenti said Pakistan was came into being with status of an Islamic state so as to serve as a role model for other states, but unfortunately the present situation is contrary to it.
He said after the 9/11, a misconception was spread against the fundamental Islamic principle of Jihad and efforts started to remove the lessons related to Jihad form syllabus, adding such efforts are still under way. Mehenti said there are so many International Non-government Organizations (INGOs) busy to promote sexual education amongst the minor students, who have not even attained adulthood. He appealed leaders of all political parties to pay attention on this serious issue.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Information Secretary Sindh Mohammad Aslam Abro said it was a planed conspiracy through which our children were being deprived to study about the life and work of our true national heroes and main figures of Islamic history.
While criticizing the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government in Sindh, he said the education system of Sindh was doomed in the era of PPP. He said a lot of unqualified people was appointed as teachers in interior Sindh on the basis of corruption and bribery.
He claimed that majority of schools are still closed in rural Sindh while their ghost teachers enjoy salaries without doing their job.
He said it was surprising that a speech of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was being including in the syllabus now.
A columnist, Professor Haroon Rasheed said it was conspiracy of secular lobby to change the syllabus on secular lines. He said education sector was going to become an industry where people earn the money by using the name of education.
He said education in Pakistan was on the brink of destruction. He said along with the government educational syllabus we should also be given focus on private schools’ syllabus.
He said a program should be started in which parents are made aware about the importance of syllabus and inclusion of Islamic principles in it for the benefit of future generations.
Another leader Basharat Mirza said the government should not add lessons about the controversial personalities in the curriculum, adding the nation would never accept such forced changes in the school syllabus.
The leaders asked the Sindh government to reconsider the decision of changing syllabus.
However, the students warned if the government continued changing the syllabus in such way they would protest outside the Sindh Assembly.