Punjab makes Quran teaching compulsory in schools Single curriculum to unite 220m people as a strong nation: Firdous

Staff Reporter

The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board has included the subject of ‘Naazrah Quran’ for grades one to four as a separate compulsory subject, a notification issued on Friday stated.

Students will attend three to four classes of the subject in a week and a 50-mark annual exam will be taken to assess their progress.

The step comes as an implementation of the Punjab Compulsory Teaching of Holy Quran Act, 2018 that entails the teaching of the Holy Quran as a compulsory subject for Muslim students in all educational institutions.

The Punjab government made the subject mandatory for university students last year. The PCTB has initiated the process to introduce the subject for grades six to 12 as well.

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the Learning Management System on Single National Curriculum (SNC) launched by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar will materialize PTI’s dream of one system of education for all.

Talking to the media at the DGPR Office here Friday, Dr Firdous said that far-reaching reforms have been introduced to develop the education system on modern lines and the online teachers training program is a unique step in this regard.

She said education has always been among the top priorities of the government and SNC will unite 220 million people as a strong nation.

Under one system of education for all, there will be one curriculum, one medium of instruction and one common platform for assessment, she said.

The Special Assistant to CM said that Learning Management System (LMS) is accessible to all the teachers both from the public and private sectors.

The notified committee has selected 1716 master trainers and 48 lead trainers for the training of the teachers. She said that 0.5 million free licenses of 365 Office software have been obtained from Microsoft.

More than 300,000 teachers from both the public and private schools have been enrolled on LMS.

She said that one nation, one curriculum and united Pakistan is a slogan of the PTI government which will help remove class differences in the society.

Dr Firdous said that CM Usman Buzdar has also launched the issuance of a digital inheritance certificate which is a big achievement of the government as it will have far-reaching implications.

Upon the death of any family member, legal heirs languish in courts for years before they were able to obtain a Succession Certificate but now without going to the court, the legal heirs will be able to get Succession Certificate within 15 days from NADRA.

Now overseas Pakistanis will also be able to get Succession Certificate just by biometric verification from Pakistani embassies abroad without traveling to the country, she maintained.

The SACM said that the fake princess along with her bondmaids are trying to malign the state institutions and are also bent upon character assassination of PM Imran Khan to achieve their objectives.