Oust with Religion & Ethnicity ex-Primary Curriculum
Karachi: In an attempt to modernize curriculum in Sindh, the education department had made various changes in the syllabus books from class I to IV and removed lessons pertaining to religious figures and Sindhi culture from the books.
According to details, the changes were made in Sindhi, Urdu and Social studies books of class III and IV.
In Sindhi book for class III, four lessons regarding Allah Almighty, national unity, and companions of holy Prophet (PBUH) were removed and instead lessons pertaining to saving schemes, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto were added.
For Sindhi medium Social studies book, the lessons regarding Prophet (PBUH) and his companions were replaced with topics on Malala Yousafzai, Maria Toor and Arfa Karim.
In class IV Urdu book, lessons pertaining to Tipu Sultan, Shiekh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, Sindhi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, were removed.
The education department also curtailed the class IV Urdu book to 10 lessons out of 14-removing four lessons pertaining to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his companions.
Moreover, the Urdu book also included a lesson pertaining to media and communications, however only social networking sites were discussed in it as the media while the other important means including radio, television, newspapers and magazines had been neglected in the discussion.
The book also contained wrongly quoted facts including invention date of telephone by Graham Bell given as 1986 however, it was 1984 and he was awarded for this invention in 1986.
In 10th lesson of the Social studies book for class IV pertaining to the model personalities, the book prioritize Malala Yousafzai at top position along with Iqbal Masih, Arfa Karim and Maria Toor while Benazir Bhutto was discussed at fifth position and Sachal Sarmast-a famous Sufi poet of the Sindh was discussed at ninth position.
While discussing the national heroes, the book also totally neglected the services of the province’s role models including Abdul Sattar Edhi, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan and Maulana Ubaid Ullah Sindhi.
In this book, the major mistakes pertaining to the date of births were also found. It included wrongly quoted facts including date of Birth of Sachal Sarmast given as 1756 and date of death as 1827 instead of 1739 and 1829 respectively.
Begum Nusrat Haroon’s date of birth was given as 1896 instead of 1886 while the date of birth of Arfa Karim was also quoted wrongly as 2 February 1995 instead of 28 February 1995. Similarly, the date of birth of Iqbal Masih was not given in the book.
Meanwhile, when contacted the education department spokesman confirmed the changes being made in the syllabus but said that these changes were made for trial and it could be further reformed after being discussed in the curriculum reforms meeting.
He said that the issue was also raised in a meeting between Jamaat-i-Islami leaders and Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro at Sindh Assembly and the minister had assured them to review the matter.
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