To remove flaws from the current syllabus after it was criticised for being class-based, the government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has sought the help of ordinary citizens to make changes to the curriculum on social, scientific and religious grounds.
The announcement came from Sadar Hussain Babak, the minister for education in K-P.
After the 18th Amendment, the provincial government is required to prepare the syllabus from Grade 1 to Grade 12, which the K-P Textbook Board has been preparing with an eye on meeting international standards.
“We invite all the concerned people, organisations, educationists, scholars, authorities, NGOs, parents and social workers to put their suggestions forward,” the advertisement from K-P said.
When contacted, Babak told The Express Tribune that people had termed the current syllabus class-based and demanded changes. “Look, the current syllabus is being criticised and there are people who are ready to contribute and play their role to change the curriculum,” he said. Babak added that, after the 18th Amendment, it was their right to choose the curriculum.
“If educated people give us suggestions it will help reduce all the shortcomings. The ministry has been holding meetings at the office of the Textbook Board.” A new curriculum is expected by 2013.
The minister also said it is not necessary to include every one’s idea but at least it would give surface ideas to bring positive changes to the syllabus to some extent.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2012.