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Removal of jihad verses from syllabus

Removal of verses on jihad from syllabus KP to rectify 'mistake'
Peshawar, Aug 17: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and secondary education minister Atif Khan on Friday said his government would rectify the mistake of removing Quranic verses on jihad from the curriculum.

He was speaking during a meeting at the Textbook Board of Peshawar offices, where Zakat and Usher minister Habibur Rehman and local government minister Inayatullah Khan from Jamaat-i-Islami, officials of the provincial elementary and secondary education department and educationists were in attendance.PTI is in alliance with Jamaat-i-Islami in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

JI has been very vocal in its opposition to changes to the curriculum.

After becoming partner in the PTI government, it demanded that PTI consult it before making changes to the curriculum.

According to a news release issued by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Media Cell, the participants were briefed on 'lacunas and mistakes' in the curriculum.

Mr Atif Khan, who belongs to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, said Islamic teachings would be the basis of his government's steps regarding curriculum.

He said his government would accept no bar on religious education and would not tolerate any external interference.

The minister said no foreign NGO would be allowed to interfere in matters relating to curriculum.

He said the mistakes in the curriculum, including mention of Kashmir as an undisputed area and taking meal with left hand, and removal of Quranic verses on jihad, would be rectified.

Mr Atif also talked about long and short-term steps for reforming the education system.

According to the news release, the JI ministers appreciated the PTI government's steps in the education sector and expressed satisfaction about them.

However, an educationist, who has worked on curriculum in the province, said previously, changes were made to the curriculum to indirectly promote peace since violence had badly affected children in the region.

He said instead of Arabs, heroes and celebrities of the land and people like Rehman Baba, Khushaal Baba and others had been included in the textbooks.

The educationist said the process of changing curriculum, which began in 2006 at the federal level, trickled down to the provincial level after the devolution of education ministry under 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

He said textbooks were printed in the province in the post-devolution regime.

"Reversing these changes will do away with all the effort meant to bring more topics of peace and local heroes to textbooks," he said.

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Most private schools to reopen on 19th
Karachi: According to the Sindh education department steering committee calendar, all government schools in Sindh were reopened after the summer vacation on Thursday, but most private schools will reopen on Monday (Aug 19).

"Yes, all government schools reopened today. But it is more practical to reopen the schools on Monday after the weekend," Khalid Shah, chairman of the All Private Schools Management Association said on Thursday.

"Children attended schools on Aug 14 for Independence Day celebrations, so we give them the next day off. Many children are also attending school for Eid Milan parties on Friday so Monday will be our first proper school day after the summer vacation," he said.

"I was present when the decision to reopen schools on Aug 15 was taken in the steering committee meeting on Jan 11 and I had pointed out there that there was no point in reopening schools for a day or so after Eid and Independence Day.

"Still my point was taken rather lightly and it seemed that the education department would be okay with our reopening schools a few days later on Aug 19, too," he added.

Meanwhile, Sharaf uz Zaman, chairman of the Private Schools Management Association, also said they would reopen their schools on Monday.

"There would have been no point in reopening schools for one or two days before closing again for the weekend as there would have been hardly any student strength. Therefore we have also decided to reopen schools on Monday," he said. Dawn

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BSEK mark sheets collection schedule
Karachi: Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) here notified schedule for collecting marks sheets of SSC Part-II (Class X) General Group (Regular) Annual Examination, 2013. The mark sheets for New Karachi, North Nazimabad, Gulberg, Liaquatabad, Jamshed Town, and Gulshan-e-Iqbal can be collected on August 19. Students in New Keamari, SITE, Lyari, Korangi, Orangi Town, Baldia Town can collect their marks sheet on August 20. The mark sheets for Saddar, Shah Faisal Town, Landhi, Malir, Bin Qasim, Gadap will be available on August 21. All Heads of Recognised Secondary Schools are requested to send their representatives with authority letter to collect the same on the dates as mentioned above from Conference Hall, 1st Floor, Block "B" of the Board between 9:30am and 5:00pm. Candidates of Class X General Group (Private) can collect their marks sheets from the counters established on Ground Floor at the Board office on production of their original admit cards. ppi

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