The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to Sindh chief secretary, secretary establishment, secretary and director education, and other relevant authorities over a petition requesting to introduce’ a uniform system of education’ all over the country, on Thursday.
The petition was moved by renowned television celebrity Waqar Zaka through his counsel Molvi Iqbal Haider and was heard by a two-member bench consisting of Justice Aqeel Abbas and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan.
The petitioner appealed before the bench that under the Constitution, the state was responsible to provide free and uniform education to children aged between 6 and 16. However, the government had failed in the provision of education, as multiple streams of education were prevalent in the country. Disparities in the system lead to class divisions and deprivation, the contender added.
The petition claimed that outmoded curriculum was being taught at educational institutes, appealing the court to direct the government to introduce a uniform system of education in the country centered on sciences and technology.
Waqar Zaka said that he launched an awareness campaign a few months back to promote science and technology and to investigate the reasons why Pakistan was lagging behind in these fields. “During my research, I came across a story which said that the province’s students were still being taught curriculum outdated by around 20 years,” he added.
Zaka said that he tried contacting the Sindh Textbook Board Jamshoro, provincial education minister and the PM through the citizen’s portal but all went in vain and hence he approached the SHC on June 24.
The aforementioned have been directed to submit a reply by July 10, the next date of the hearing.