SHC approached to introduce uniform education system across country

Notices issued to Sindh chief secretary, others on petition moved by Waqar Zaka

KARACHI:
The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued on Thursday notices to Sindh chief secretary, secretary establishment, secretary and director education, and other relevant authorities over a petition pleading for uniform and modern education system across the country.

The petition, moved by television celebrity Waqar Zaka through his counsel Molvi Iqbal Haider, was heard by a two-member bench comprising Justice Aqeel Abbas and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan.

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The petitioner pleaded before the bench that under the Constitution, the state was obliged to provide free and uniform education to students of age ranging between 6 and 16 years.

However, he added, the government had failed to fulfill its responsibility as there were multiple education systems prevalent in the country.

Disparity in the education system gives rise to class system and deprivation among the masses, the contender said.


The petitioner argued that outdated curriculum was being taught at educational institutes, requesting the court to direct the government to introduce uniform curriculum supported by modern sciences and technology.

Speaking to the Express Tribune, Zaka said he had launched an awareness campaign months ago to promote science and technology in the country, and to find out why Pakistan lagged behind in the field.

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"During my research I came across a story which said that the province’s students were still being taught curriculum outdated by around 20 years," he said.

When correspondence with the Sindh Textbook Board Jamshoro,  provincial education minister, and the PM through the citizen's portal, among others went in vain, Zaka added, he approached the SHC on June 24. "I filed the constitutional petition as per Article 199 Section 25," he said.

The aforementioned have been asked to submit a reply by July 10, the next date of the hearing.
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