PESHAWAR: Perhaps in an attempt to set new precedents with regard to educational reforms, the K-P government has placed religious seminaries under the supervision of the elementary and secondary education department of the province. The madrassa reforms carved out following the launch of the National Action Plan remain unimplemented as of yet. And hence, there remains a difference between the curriculum taught in seminaries and the elementary and secondary schools not just in K-P but across Pakistan.
Unless the curriculum of the two is completely aligned and mainstreamed, the strategy to be undertaken for registration and conducting examinations in both will remain questionable. Hence, it is important that a concrete and clear policy is formulated to serve the purpose. Also, neither should replace each other as an alternative form of education, as owing to social and cultural factors in K-P, public opinion is likely to favour the education imparted through seminaries and not the elementary or secondary schools.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2018.