‘Quran teaching to be made compulsory in all public schools’

By APP
Published: April 20, 2016
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Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Engr Muhammad Baligh ur Rahman on  Wednesday said the government was making efforts to make Quranic education compulsory in all public schools across the country.

“This process would be initiated after consulting all the provinces through the platform of Inter Provincial Education Minister’s Conference (IPEMC),” he said while speaking at the 4th Annual Day organised by Al Huda International School.

Quran teaching soon to be compulsory until class X: minister

The minister said that Nazra Quran would be taught from grade one to grade 5 and proper Quranic education with translation would be taught to students of grade six to grade 10 in all public schools.

“These children are our national asset so we should invest the best of our resources to make them better educated human beings,” he said.

Further, he stated that education and research were both necessary in our religion adding, “we should not just rely on the syllabus but also encourage our children to research and explore different subjects, fields and ideas”.

The education scenario is improving in Pakistan and “we all need to work together to make it even better”, he said. He also admired the role played by private schools in educating the young guns of Pakistan.

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Earlier in January, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf had said the government was shortly going to make teaching of the Holy Quran compulsory from pre-school to class 10 in all public and private educational institutions.

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.

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.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • ZF
    Apr 20, 2016 - 3:46PM

    Good initiative, please also make it compulsory for private institutes.Recommend

  • Ahmad Rafiq
    Apr 20, 2016 - 4:15PM

    Needs to be made compulsory for private institutions as well.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 20, 2016 - 4:59PM

    And why not .. irrespective of the students’ religion . Q is a good book to read and absorb. As long as there is no subsequent ‘conversion’ or mandatory praying following …. it should not pose any problems . Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Apr 20, 2016 - 5:01PM

    US and Europe must make Bible teaching compulsory in schoolsRecommend

  • Aly Khan
    Apr 20, 2016 - 5:06PM

    And what about all the non muslim students? do they have to take this compulsory subject?Recommend

  • HonkyTonk Man
    Apr 20, 2016 - 5:27PM

    How about teaching Evolution in School?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Apr 20, 2016 - 5:33PM

    First teach them how to think critically and logically so they don’t end up following someone else’s interpretation of religion.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Apr 20, 2016 - 6:23PM

    This will lead to more extremism in an already radicalized countryRecommend

  • Iqbal
    Apr 20, 2016 - 6:29PM

    Will the students be allowed to question any verses which are not logic?Recommend

  • vinsin
    Apr 20, 2016 - 6:45PM

    @Aly Khan:
    non-Muslims staying in Pakistan and they are aware that it is an Islamic state. It is upto them to migrate or move out or leave country or follow laws. We all live in nation states.Recommend

  • tuk
    Apr 20, 2016 - 7:33PM

    More jobs for molvis in schools at the expense of, maybe science teachers. Who needs science education anyway as long as our slaves in the west and the far east keep inventing better smart phones for us!Recommend

  • pk
    Apr 20, 2016 - 7:49PM

    Obviously evolution, critical thinking, outer space will be out of curiculum. If they know everything from religious book then who need science. If only we learnt to say ‘I don’t know’ for everything we don’t know rather than assuming everything then the world would have different place.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Apr 20, 2016 - 9:11PM

    Doesn’t anyone in the Pakistani government know that too much sugar makes one diabetic? Or has the genetic code been corrupted since birth itself?Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 20, 2016 - 9:13PM

    Teach them basic humanity first. Teaching in a foreign language without being able to understand it is idiotic. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 20, 2016 - 9:49PM

    So does this mean all Madrassahs will now be closed down as they would become redundant and unauthorized ? Recommend

  • Binte Hossein
    Apr 20, 2016 - 9:52PM

    A welcome-change..!! Teaching of Qura’n along with translation in mother language of each province should be added up..or another option is to include translation in National Language so that they could easily comprehend the true spirit of its teachings. Recommend

  • Xyz
    Apr 20, 2016 - 9:52PM

    No problem as long as teachings are done in an environment where students can question and even express differing points of view. Else it becomes blind indoctrination which has more bad consequences.Recommend

  • Kevin
    Apr 21, 2016 - 5:17AM

    All modern religions should be taught with equal amount of time and focus on each one, separately and without bias.Recommend

  • Hamid Raza Khan
    Apr 21, 2016 - 12:33PM

    A great and welcome decision. Wish this would have been implemented a long time ago and people like me who have received education largely in physical sciences would have understood the purpose of their living through the teaching of their holy book. I hope that the government would recruit highlight qualified teachers rather than depending on the class representing a narrow and skewed version of religion as taught at some seminaries in the countryRecommend

  • saif
    Apr 21, 2016 - 2:32PM

    A welcome move by the government. However I’d like for the government to listen to minorities and their concerns be redressed in a professional manner.Recommend

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