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Pakistan to retain jihad in school curriculum

Pak Education Minister said human rights would be included in the syllabus and Govt has no plans to omit Jihad from the curriculum.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 10:40 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

While aiming to provide quality education, the new education policy to be implemented in Pakistan next year will retain the subject of jihad in the school curriculum, a senior minister has said.

The government was using all available resources to promote quality education and had started working on the education reforms, Education Minister Javed Ashraf Qazi told reporters.

He said the subject of human rights would be included in the syllabus and the government had no plan to omit the subject of jihad from the Islamiat (moral studies).

"We will teach Islamiat from class one to twelve," Pakistan Today quoted Qazi as saying.

The minister said geography and history would be re-introduced as part of the school syllabus under the new education policy.

He said a census would be carried out to ascertain the literacy rate in Pakistan. "The results of a census regarding the literacy rate in the country will be available in June 2006," he said.

He said students would be taught in both English and Urdu. Science, mathematics and history would be taught in English and the other subjects in Urdu, said Qazi.

First Published: Mar 29, 2006 15:40 IST