Nelson Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Such a weapon is of utmost importance for Pakistan if it is to compete in the international arena. Currently, there are three parallel systems of education functioning simultaneously: public, private and religious.
The mode of teaching also remains divided. Elite private institutions use English as a teaching medium while most government schools and other institutions in rural areas use Urdu as a medium of teaching — while children studying in madrassas are considered inferior to the above two.
This is not only social injustice but is also a major cause of our retrogression.
Considering all of the above, to bring into force the Single National curriculum is the critical need of the hour. To provide equal education should be the foremost duty of the state so that seminary students should be at the same intellectual level as many private and English medium school students
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2021.