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Nationalists reject common syllabus for country.

HYDERABAD -- Office-bearers of the Sindh Progressive Committee (SPC) have rejected the policy of the federal education minister for implementing a common syllabus in the country.

After the 18th Amendment, education was a provincial subject and the centre could not take any undemocratic decision, they said.

In a joint statement issued here on Wednesday, committee convener Vishnu Mal, Abdul Khaliq Junejo, Aijaz Mangi, Iqbal Khan and Dr Bakhshal Thallu said Pakistan was created by the nations which had their thousands of years' history.

They said the decision like One Unit or proposal for handing over Karachi to the centre and now one syllabus was the reflection of the mindset of the same pro-centre forces which never accepted that Pakistan was a multination state.

They said that under the new decision relating to one syllabus, Sindhi language would be taught only in a few areas excluding all major urban centres.

They said it reminded people of the dual local government system which had already been rejected by the people of Sindh. Merger of seminaries in schools was a good decision, but Islamisation of the syllabus and other such decisions might turn schools into seminaries.

They said it should also be taken into consideration before finalising the single national curriculum that people with different religions, languages and cultural identities were living in the country.

They urged the Pakistan Peoples Party government to oppose such decision of the federal government and exercise its powers under 18th Amendment to frame the education policy of the province as well as syllabus, failing which the people of Sindh would oppose it.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Sep 10, 2020
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