ISLAMABAD, NOV 02 (DNA) -Pakistan Social Services Partnership (PSSP) has regretted the recent decision of PM of entrusting the Higher Education Commission (HEC) with the responsibility to revise Pak Studies, English and Urdu books of primary, secondary, higher secondary, collegiate and universities.
This is contrary to provincial autonomy and spirit of 18th amendment. Moreover, as per 1976 Act, HEC is mandated to deal with educational matters including curriculum revision of institutions above GRDAE-12.
The PSSP supports that curriculum should include deepening understanding of constitutional democracy, pluralism in national and international context, freedom of speech, right to information, elections, media etc.
This will help students of all GRADES to broaden their understanding of democratic system and its benefits guaranteeing human fundamental rights as stated by Gulbaz Ali Khan, President-PSSP.
At the same time, PSSP considers primary and secondary curricula development and change as solely the domain of provincial governments. Intervention of the Federal Government in the domain of curriculum making for secondary schools would pave the way for violating all federal democratic norms that have started taking roots through 18th Constitutional Amendment in Pakistan after decades of struggle.
If the provinces feel the need to take benefits from the experiences of one another, a meeting of inter-provincial coordinating bodies could always be held or the forum of the Council of Common Interests could be used for the purpose.