Economic integration

A uniform curriculum vital for social and economic integration

Mr. Salman Raza

MULTAN, Nov 2 (APP): As the government begins rolling out a uniform curriculum across Punjab, in line with its manifesto as ‘one nation, one curriculum’, experts expect positive results to end class division and socioeconomic disparities in society.

The Pakistani education system is divided into three main lines: a tiny fraction of expensive private schools preparing students for foreign exams; middle school and public / private schools that follow the federal / provincial curriculum; and the teaching of the madressah.

Therefore, a uniform program has become vital for the country in order to bring socio-economic integration into society.

The classroom education system and multi-level curriculum have widened the polarization and created more social and economic disparities between different strata of society, resulting in a lack of tolerance and acceptability towards each other due to of “different education systems”.

Thus, the contrasting worldviews of different streams of education and the class-based education system have become more “a divisive force than a connecting force”. Therefore, a unified education system with a single national curriculum (CNS) is of vital importance for social cohesion, national and economic integration, and nation-building.

The program includes almost everything that helps promote the capacities of learners in terms of intellectual, spiritual, moral, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical development. It also includes extracurricular and extracurricular activities with teaching, learning and assessment approaches, etc.

The current government’s new education policy based on a Single National Program (SNC) could help end apartheid education in the country.

The same curricula at the primary level should bring the same learning outcomes with the vision of transforming the younger generation into a unified nation.

The same curriculum, which was approved and announced for all students enrolled in grades 1 through 5 in all three levels of education systems: elite private schools, public schools, and religious seminaries would allow students to live more in harmony with other citizens as adult graduates due to a greater level of commonality and shared experiences.

Former Federal Minister of Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi said in this regard that they had no objection to establishing a Single National Program (SNC) in the country. He said, “Let’s see how the government is implementing it at all levels.

Shafqat Hayat, principal of Nishat School, the largest chain of private schools, welcomed the government’s decision to introduce SNC in every school.

He called the new program will be introduced from class one to five. He said their central committee meeting approved new books.

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. And it is this weapon that socially and economically enables citizens and nations locally and globally to compete with the modern world in terms of economy and technology.

Ms Kausar, Principal of Jinnah High School following the Cambridge System, said: “We are happy to use the recommended books from Punjab Textbooks.

It is not only the content and images that appeal to children, but rather the methodologies and techniques for conveying ideas, language skills, history, etc. The SNC explained everything according to each level ”.

Questioning the reason that sets SNC apart from previous degree programs, she said, “This is an attempt to end discrimination in society by providing the same education to children from all walks of life.

Secondly, it offers a good chance for children to learn Nazera-e-Quran and Namaz in school.

Zahid Hussain, a well-known journalist and writer, said SNC focuses on developing analytical, critical and creative thinking through an activity-based approach rather than static teacher-centered learning.

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