In his reaction, President All Pakistan Private Schools Federation Kashif Mirza condemned the statement of Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas declaring licences of private schools would be cancelled if they fail to implement the SNC.

He said that new books of SNC are not available nationwide in the market but still we welcomed and appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision. One Nation One Curriculum is a great but hollow slogan, It’s not single nor National, he added

Kashif Mirza added that slogan that elimination of educational discrimination is commendable, but what is adopted is not a uniform national curriculum, nor a uniform education system, the national curriculum is incomplete; as Pre-nursery, nursery and prep curriculum is not ready.

He added that SNC is superficial, serves an agenda, with fake consensus, that Cambridge O-A levels and International Baccalaureate will not be touched by the hallow SNC. The exemption is also given to elite schools and Madaras, the real meanings of the national curriculum is to get a standard education in all the private, government schools or madaras.

President private schools federation was of the view that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government started its tenure with an Education Policy Framework, highlighting reforms in four priority areas in education. These were: Putting all the out-of-school children in schools, as required by Article 25 A-of the Constitution; eliminating apartheid in education by introducing a uniform curriculum; enhancing the quality of education; and emphasising technical and vocational education.

According to Article 25A, the Education Policy Framework in four priority areas is to bring in all schools outside the schools, to eliminate educational discrimination from uniform curriculum, to increase quality education and to promote technical and vocational education, he said.

Mirza further explained that preparation of SNC is only second priority of framework, no progress in other three priorities. The other three priorities require huge funds, introducing a new curriculum is a free process. Although the medium of instruction for the new uniform curriculum unveiled by the federal government recently will be the national language of Urdu, but not in practice.

He said that there was a continuous process in the curriculum and education system, which included capacity building as per the time and requirements, increase in schools, out-of-school classroom education and important issues in teacher training. For all Pakistani children should not go for cheap shots like single national curriculum. Instead, it must develop what every modern education system needs: school infrastructure, a proper student assessment and examination system, trained teachers who can teach the designed syllabus, and good textbooks.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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