The Government has made teaching of the Holy Quran with translation mandatory for all the schools by August 2021.
The teaching of the Holy Quran has been made a compulsory part of the curricula of most of the schools across Pakistan for the next academic year that will start in August.
As Quran is a complete code of life and provides right path to everyone and would help to win God’s favour. Therefore government has been decided to taught this Holy book to all muslim students for better understanding in their lives i.e from academic to professional time period.
Teachers will teach the Holy Quran with translation to all students,” says the notification. The Holy Book will be taught separately from the subject of Islamiat, which is already being taught in all the schools.
Under the law, it will be mandatory to impart Quranic education to Muslim students from class I to XII in all schools, whether private or public. According to the law, all educational institutions must compulsorily teach the nazrah Quran in grades I to V and (b) the translation of the Holy Quran in grades VI to XII in such a manner that the entire Holy Quran is taught by grade XII.
According to the details, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Punjab, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have already introduced the legislation for the mandatory teaching of the Holy Quran in their curricula. Meanwhile, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan have issued notification for implementation of the Single National Curriculum (SNC) which includes the compulsory teaching of the Holy Quran in Classes 1 through 5.
Schools in Islamabad, KP, and the Bahawalpur Division of Punjab will introduce the mandatory teaching of the Holy Quran as part of the SNC.
The schools run by the Pakistan Army, Airforce, and Navy will also follow the SNC, which entails the compulsory teaching of the Holy Quran.
Unlike Punjab, KP, Balochistan and other regions, Sindh, however, has neither enacted any legislation nor decided administratively to implement SNC in the province. Provincial Education Minister Saeed Ghani confirmed that the Sindh government has not taken any such decision.
Ghani said that he had told the federal government that education is a provincial subject, therefore, the federal government cannot implement its choice curriculum in the province. He explained that despite the constitutional position, the Sindh government is willing to compare its curriculum with the syllabus of other provinces to improve it.
Ghani was of the view that the compulsory teaching of the Quran is not part of the Single National Curriculum being launched by the federal government with the consultation of the provinces. However, official sources confirm that the teaching of nazrah Quran is part of the Single National Curriculum.