Sindh govt to include Jinnah's August 11 speech in curriculum

Published: March 24, 2015
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KARACHI: In a bid to teach religious tolerance, the Sindh government announced on Monday that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s August 11, 1947, speech will be included in the school cirriculum from classes eight to 10. 

“Quaid-e-Azam’s speech is being included in the curriculum on the directives of Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari,” Provincial Minister for Education Nisar Khuhro said.

“We will include this speech from classes eight to 10.”

The founder of the nation’s August 11 speech is famous for the Quaid explicitly talking about giving equal rights and freedom to all religious minorities.

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State … We are starting in the days where there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle: that we are all citizens, and equal citizens, of one State,” the speech reads.

Khuhro said that after the promulgation of the 18 Amendment, it was the provincial government’s prerogative to finalise the curriculum.

He added that some extremist elements want to impose their self-proclaimed Sharia in the country, which is against the true spirit of Islam and the message given to us by founder of the nation.

“Pakistan is not religio state. We want to bring drastic changes in Pakistan Studies and Islamiat along with other subjects,” Khuhro told The Express Tribune.

Khuhro also spoke about the lack of inclusion of Sindhi ethnic leaders in the history curriculum.

“Many eminent personalities in history hail from Sindh but unfortunately, they have been neglected over the past 67 years,” Khuhro said.

“We want to include our own heroes in the syllabus by incorporating Sufism, which has always given the lesson of humanity, tolerance, peace and love,” he added.

Further, Khuhro said the provincial government would not only revise the matric syllabus but also the intermediate syllabus.

“Sindh Textbook Board has not revised the syllabus in last 50 years. We want to revise and update it,” he said.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • baba
    Mar 24, 2015 - 6:56PM

    Excellent idea.. only 68 years lateRecommend

  • Shahid Kinnare
    Mar 24, 2015 - 7:05PM

    Great Step, I think Punjab should also take similar step so future generation of Punjab start accepting Pakistan. Recommend

  • Khanzada
    Mar 24, 2015 - 7:07PM

    Good move. We are being taught about Khushaal Khan Khattak, a renowned Pashto poet, in primary school syllabus in Sindh, but little has been mentioned about Sindhi poets and writers. there is dire need to revise the syllabus. Please minister do it at your earliest Recommend

  • ModiFied
    Mar 24, 2015 - 8:02PM

    Great move.. Hope to see a moderate tolerant Pakistani society. I have lots of faith that some day Pakistanis will come back to their roots and practice a Sufi Islam and not the imported version from Saudi. Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 24, 2015 - 8:03PM

    @Khanzada:
    What is wrong with Khushhaal Khan Khattak. He is national poet and people from Sindh should know him. The idea behind the lesson pertaining to Khattak in primary education was to educate people of other provinces about Khattak’s message that portrait the tolerance and peaceRecommend

  • asma
    Mar 24, 2015 - 10:15PM

    Whatever the curriculum islamiyaat never taught me about how to be a Muslim in true sense. It was until my college grade a teacher explained us better. It’s imperative in Pakistan to train teachers how to engrave the patriotism through the works of iqbal and Quaid not the students who just ratafy only to pass the exams. I was never taught to understand them and I ve studied from one of the top school systems in Karachi sindh. I was not taught how to be tolerant through the curriculum , I was lucky to learn some good through some Excellent teachers to name just one or 2. Adding material to any curriculum I believe is not the answer. With current system it is like more like for students more burden ” of ratta culture”. The system of how to teach needs change along with the curriculum. Recommend

  • Sohail Ansari
    Mar 25, 2015 - 5:35AM

    Finally some in the government are paying attention to this very important matter. Good for Sindh… If we want to make our society tolerant we have to update the syllabus and retrain our teachers; both of them are in the dire need of an uplift.Recommend

  • Luciferous
    Mar 25, 2015 - 6:16AM

    @Khan:
    “@Khanzada:
    What is wrong with Khushhaal Khan Khattak. He is national poet and people from Sindh should know him.”

    I am a Sindhi and fully agree with you.
    Khushal Khan Khatak, Bulhe Shah, Khaja Farid, Mian Muhammed Bukhsh, Mir Gul Khan Naseer, Allama Iqbal, Ghalib, Wali Dakhni, Rabinder Nath Taigor, Faiz and other poets writers, authors of Pakistan and India are our joint heritage.
    We should read, learn and understand each other since knowing each other will reduce hate and fear!
    It is truly sad that we were taught Shakespeare and Wordsworth but not Taigor or Bhagat Kabir; not that I have anything against Shakespeare or Shelley, they are great poets.
    I wish I had the opportunity to read all these great sages of our land in school, but I am doing it now and what a pleasure it is!
    PS: I don’t expect ET to publish this comment since this comment is not acrimonious, profane or provocative; usual criteria set by the editorial policy
    Recommend

  • Husham
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:04AM

    This is purely announcement which we are heard for last many years now. Lets us pray when this is going to be implemented Recommend

  • curious
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:16AM

    who will take action against the O level schools that teach incorrect history about Pakistan. Can education minister bring them under monitoring mechanism. Recommend

  • Hanif Soomro
    Mar 25, 2015 - 2:25PM

    This disparity in the syllabus within the country is not justified.

    I am surprised that in intermediate syllabus there is not even a single poem by S.T. Coleridge, the great poet and co-pioneer of romanticism, while three poems by William Wordsworth have been included. I must suggest that one of the three poems of Wordsworth should be replaced by that of Coleridge’sRecommend

  • Nadia
    Mar 26, 2015 - 7:48AM

    Sindh government finally awakened Recommend

  • Aftab Tunio
    Mar 27, 2015 - 4:32PM

    It is good decision to spread the message of Sufism, Humanity but by doing this we are not agree that Nisar Khuhro or Sindh government is sincere for Education they are all about Money, I have seen lot of schools where The buildings are fully constructed but teachers are getting salary at home, they are journalist or they have own medical store, or they are running their own business, WHO is responsible ???Recommend

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