Quran teaching soon to be compulsory until class X: minister

Published: January 23, 2016
Says Senate and NA have already adopted resolutions backing the move. PHOTO: REUTERS

Says Senate and NA have already adopted resolutions backing the move. PHOTO: REUTERS

MANSEHRA: The government is shortly going to make teaching of the Holy Quran compulsory from pre-school to class 10 in all public and private educational institutions, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf said on Monday.

The minister announced the plan at a private school event on Friday. Mansehra District Nazim Sardar Said Ghulam and Principal Cadet College Batrasi Brig (retd) Hafeez were also in attendance.

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The minister said that the Senate and the National Assembly have already adopted resolutions recommending that students from pre-school to 10th grade levels should be taught the Holy Quran, both recitation and translation.

Following final recommendation and approval from the National Assembly’s standing committee on religious affairs, all provincial governments including G-B and AJK have been asked to ensure implementation through legislation.

The minister pointed out that as per recommendations every school would teach recitation from Nursery to class 5 while translation will be taught from class 5 to class 10 as a compulsory subject.

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The federal minister also said that since Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, the understanding of Muslim children regarding the Quran and its teaching was to be developed from the outset.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd,  2016.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Tp
    Jan 23, 2016 - 9:16AM

    Good luck with rooting out terrorism from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahmed Akram
    Jan 23, 2016 - 10:26AM

    Finally, a step in the right direction. Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Jan 23, 2016 - 10:28AM

    Yes. Every effort should be made to realize Jinnah’s vision.Recommend

  • Abu Rayhan
    Jan 23, 2016 - 11:28AM

    Right move. Muslims must increase the study of holy Qur’an. Allah sent Qur’an as a blessing for guiding the mankind from all darkness to light.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jan 23, 2016 - 11:47AM

    This will lead to rise in extremism and violence.Recommend

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