Can singular national approaches be taken without a well rounded debate?
Education in Pakistan – apart from being an underfunded endeavour is also a controversial and divisive issue. Most evident recently, after the current government announced the implementation of a Singular National Curriculum (SNC) for 1st to 5th grade. From the medium of instructions, textbooks used to teachers involved, it seems that we cannot agree as yet, on what it means to uniformly dispense education across a plethora of socio-economic, ethnic and linguistic landscape; complicated further by disparities between the rural and urban, madarassahs, private and public schools, local and international boards of education.
Moreover, when such monumental steps are taken by the federal government, it is imperative to have exhausted discussion amongst various sectors and stakeholder; ranging from book publishers, teachers, students and parents. However, given the outrage and increased discussion regarding what kind of syllabus, when and how it will be implemented – only leaves one notion to agree upon regarding the SNC. Time is needed for all divergent and diverse views to be heard, evaluated and then compassionately condensed to take a singular approach for a singular curriculum.