Ministry proposes mandatory teaching of Holy Quran in public schools

Published: June 10, 2016
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Recitation will be taught from Grade 1 to 5, translation from 6 to 12 PHOTO: AFP

Recitation will be taught from Grade 1 to 5, translation from 6 to 12 PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The federal education and professional training ministry finalised its proposed syllabi for public educational institutions on Thursday, making a strong pitch for all federating units to introduce the teaching of Quran as a compulsory subject from grade 1 to 12.

The final draft of recommendations was submitted by Muhammad Balighur Rehman, the minister of state, before the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for review.

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Previously, there was a proposal to make the teaching of Quran compulsory up to 10th grade.  The proposed course outline proposes to make recitation of Quran compulsory for students of grade 1 to five as compulsory subject.

“In five years, students will be able to recite all of the Quran. It will help reduce the burden on parents who hire a Quran teacher or send their children to maddaris for this purpose,” Rehman told The Express Tribune.

Between grade 6 and 12, students will be taught the “easiest Urdu translation of the Holy Book”, Rehman said.

“The prospective translation has been finalised by the ministry in consultation with religious scholars of different schools of thought,” the minister said. The version of the translation was so simple that an Urdu teacher “can easily teach it to his or her students”. “Between class six and 10, Quran’s chapters and relevant translation will be taught which tells about incidents and happenings, while in classes 11 and 12 chapters would be taught which tell about Allah’s commands and directions,” he said.

Rehman said the federal education ministry had sent the draft of recommendations to all provinces.

Talking about necessary legislation, the minister said: “Education of Holy Quran according to Recitation by Sight and with Translation, Learning by Heart and with Correct Pronunciation Bill, 2015” is currently under consideration of the Senate and National Assembly’s standing committees concerned.

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Both houses of parliament have already adopted resolutions recommending that students between grade 1 and 10 should be taught the Quran, he said.

The state minister said the teaching of the Quran would be mandatory only for Muslim students while non-Muslim students would be exempted from the same. “Teaching of Quran will help build the character of students’,” the minister maintained.

“Recommendations over the proposed draft of the syllabus will be furnished after its careful review,” chairman of CII Muhammad Khan Sherani said in a statement.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • TooTrue
    Jun 10, 2016 - 8:29AM

    Haven’t you reaped enough rewards from such idiotic policies? The country is riddled with yahoos running rampant about religion. We need less of this nonsense not more. Recommend

  • Malang Jan
    Jun 10, 2016 - 9:23AM

    Here we go again -more pandering to the fundamentalist right! When will the Johnnies who pull the strings realize that there is a limit to how many times you can press the self destruct button!Recommend

  • Siddarth
    Jun 10, 2016 - 9:39AM

    Very good, what Pakistani kids need is religious education and not mathematics, science, English etc. The whole focus is on religious education it seems. In a way it is good for Politicians who will have vote banks for ever because these poor kids studying in Govt schools will have a stunted intellectual growthRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 10, 2016 - 12:03PM

    Instead of “enlightened moderation” and the advancement of (non-religious) learning, the country’s misguided policymakers are falling over backwards to keep the rank and file just that: backwards.
    First there was a drive to make Urdu the official medium of instruction in schools and colleges, now this ! Recommend

  • Qasim Cheema
    Jun 10, 2016 - 12:19PM

    A great step by the Government. Just hope that it is implemented for private schools as well!Recommend

  • Haroon Shah
    Jun 10, 2016 - 1:48PM

    How can religious studies be ‘mandatory’? What if someone does not want to live a religious life? Do we live in a free state where an individual has the choice to live their lives according to their wishes and not on the wishes of few mullahs? Recommend

  • Kalimullah Khan
    Jun 10, 2016 - 1:50PM

    Great move. Also abolish Western education until 8th class. After that children can choose to study anything they wish.Recommend

  • FaiXi
    Jun 10, 2016 - 2:29PM

    A commendable step. Religious studies are as important as Mathematic & Science. Maybe even more is need of the hour. Jazak Allah!Recommend

  • Liberal
    Jun 10, 2016 - 8:30PM

    I feel pitty for those who are calling it an ‘idiotic or a ‘backward’ step. Pakistan is an Islamic state and those who have a problem with government policies are free to move to any secular state of their choice.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jun 10, 2016 - 9:17PM

    @Kalimullah Khan:

    How about teaching them how to live in the 8th century? Abolish ‘Western education’ means pretty much all of modern science.Recommend

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