ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Social Services Partnership (PSSP) regretted the recent decision of PM of entrusting the Higher Education Commission (HEC) with the responsibility to revise Pak Studies, English and Urdu books of primary, secondary, higher secondary, collegiate and universities.
According to the press release of PSSP, the decision is contrary to provincial autonomy and spirit of 18th amendment. Moreover, as per 1976 Act, HEC is mandated to deal with educational matters including curriculum revision of institutions above GRDAE-12.
The PSSP supports that curriculum should include deepening understanding of constitutional democracy, pluralism in national and international context, freedom of speech, right to information, elections, media etc. This will help students of all GRADES to broaden their understanding of democratic system and its benefits guaranteeing human fundamental rights as stated by Mr. Gulbaz Ali Khan, President-PSSP.
According to the release, PSSP considers primary and secondary curricula development and change as solely the domain of provincial governments. Intervention of the Federal Government in the domain of curriculum making for secondary schools would pave the way for violating all federal democratic norms that have started taking roots through 18th Constitutional Amendment in Pakistan after decades of struggle. If the provinces feel the need to take benefits from the experiences of one another, a meeting of inter-provincial coordinating bodies could always be held or the forum of the Council of Common Interests could be used for the purpose.
PSSP demands that:
- Federal government must WITHDRAW its decision to delegate curriculum revision to HEC which is in contravention to the constitution of Pakistan.
- Council of Common Interests (CCI) should formulate federal level committee comprising of representatives of all four provincial governments.
- Civil society organizations and/or prominent civic leaders/educationist MUST also be represented on federal committee to provide citizen’s perspective.
- Federal government emphasize on inclusion of RTI in the curriculum, PSSP urges federal government to enact RTI immediately for easy and low cost access to public information.