The new academic session will start from August 2 in all private and 53,000 government schools across Punjab.
A uniform curriculum will be implemented in phases. Under the first phase, the curriculum will be implemented in class one to fifth in all public and private educational institutions. Distribution of all textbooks free fo charge in government schools has also been started.
The new textbooks have been delivered to the district education officers of all the districts which will be distributed among the students on August 2 when the educational institutions open.
Teachers’ organisations are of the view that introducing a uniform curriculum will not be possible from the new academic year starting August 2 this year. Teachers have complained that the government has announced the introduction of a uniform curriculum. However, only English medium books from one to five classes have been sent to schools while they will not implement the Urdu medium curriculum this year.
Teacher leaders Basharat Iqbal Raja, Shafiq Bhalwalia, and Akhyan Gul said that the new academic year in private schools had started from April. The schools have already started teaching according to their old curriculum. They said that instead of doing experiments on the education system, a new education policy should be formulated in consultation with all stakeholders.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2021.
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