Monday, PM Khan formally launched the first phase of the Single National Curriculum (SNC). During his speech, he thanked Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood and the entire SNC team for their efforts.
Except for Sindh, the SNC has been launched from class I to 5 in public, private schools, and seminaries.
While appreciating their efforts, PM Khan said that the SNC was a vision of his for 25 years.
“It was a vision of mine for the last 25 years that Pakistan should have a single core syllabus,” said PM Imran Khan. While addressing the ceremony, PM Khan highlighted how English medium schools created a divide among the population.
“I knew the country needed to be united under one curriculum,” PM Imran Khan said. He also stressed that he knew it was a difficult journey due to the decision-makers and their preference for English medium schools.
After this, PM Khan directly addressed Shafqat Mehmood. He said SNC is indeed the first step; however, he [Shafqat Mehmood] will face many hurdles regarding its implementation. According to PM Khan, “the status-quo people” will raise concerns over the SNC and how it will ruin the education system of Pakistan.
"اپنی ثقافت کی ترویج کے ذریعے ذہنی غلامی کی زنجیریں توڑیں گے"
— Prime Minister's Office (@PakPMO) August 16, 2021
Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood on SNC
Speaking on the occasion earlier, Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood praised PM Khan and his vision. He also talked about the social inequalities created due to Pakistan’s syllabus.
As the country has different boards of education, there is an inconsistency and social divide. With the SNC, students across the country will study the same syllabus. Furthermore, Shafqat Mehmood admits that SNC is just the first step and will not change the collective thinking of the population. However, SNC will instill similar values and morals.
The SNC, besides covering other aspects, also emphasizes the character building of students, promoting tolerance, nationalism, civic responsibilities, etc.
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On Sunday, Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood addressed a press conference at the Press Information Department (PID). During the conference, he highlighted the measures that government will take for the implementation of SNC.
Under the SNC, schools are bound to teach SNC-based books, which are available in markets. The minister warned that government will take action against those private schools which will not adopt the SNC-based books.