Sindh Information Minister, Saeed Ghani, opposed the implementation of the federal government’s Single National Curriculum (NSC) in the province.
Ghani, who recently relinquished the portfolio of Education Minister to take charge as the Information Minister, said that curriculum preparation is provincial government’s responsibility and that the center should not impose its decisions.
While speaking at a private news channel on Friday, the minister said he had earlier informed the Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mahmood, that Sindh is not constitutionally bound to implement the SNC, as provinces have autonomy in education, health, and finance sectors, etc., under the 18th amendment.
To a question, Ghani said that the parents should have an option to choose between English or Urdu medium and suggested that the federal ministry should share the curriculum with other stakeholders to get them on board.
Implementation of a uniform syllabus across all public and private schools and madrassas was the brainchild and an electoral promise of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He believed that all children should have a fair and equal opportunity to receive a high-quality education.
The Federal Ministry of Education has worked for over two years on this project and finalized a curriculum after extensive consultation with representatives from all schools of thought, which is now being implemented across Punjab at the primary level. The government aims to streamline the syllabus for up to Grade XII by the end of 2022.