Ministry proposes ‘Quranic education’ be made mandatory across Pakistan

June 10, 2016


ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Professional and Technical Training has proposed Quran be taught as a compulsory subject from grade 1 to grade 12 in schools in all federating units.

Minister of State Muhammad Balighur Rehman submitted the final draft of recommendations to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for review.

Previously, it was proposed Quran be taught in public schools up to the tenth grade. From grade 1 to grade 5, students were to parrot-learn Quran in Arabic. From sixth grade onwards, it was proposed students be taught Quran with translation.

“In five years, students will be able to recite all of the Quran. It will help reduce the burden on parents who hire a Quran teacher or send their children to seminaries for this purpose,” Rehman told a Pakistani news media outlet.

“The prospective translation has been finalised by the ministry in consultation with religious scholars of different schools of thought,” the minister said. The version of the translation was so simple that an Urdu teacher “can easily teach it to his or her students”.

The draft has also been sent to all provinces.

Talking about necessary legislation, the minister said: “Education of Holy Quran according to Recitation by Sight and with Translation, Learning by Heart and with Correct Pronunciation Bill, 2015” is currently under consideration of the Senate and National Assembly’s standing committees concerned.

Both houses of parliament have already adopted resolutions recommending that students from grade 1 to grade 10 should be taught the Quran, he said.

The state minister said the teaching of the Quran would be mandatory only for Muslim students while non-Muslim students would be exempted from the same. – SAMAA


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