Finalizing its proposed syllabus for public educational institutions on Thursday, the Federal Education and Professional Training Ministry, strongly urged for all federating divisions to implement the teaching of Quran as a compulsory subject from grades 1 to 12.

The minister of state, Muhammad Balighur Rehman, presented the final draft of recommendations before the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for review.

In the past, a proposal was formed to make the compulsory teaching of the Quran up to 10th grade. The recommended course outline suggests the recitation of Quran compulsory for students of grade 1 to five as a compulsory subject.

Rehman stated, “In five years, students will be able to recite all of the Quran. It will help reduce the burden on parents who hire a Quranic teacher or send their children to maddaris for this purpose.”

According to him, students from grade 6 to 12 will be taught the “easiest Urdu translation of the Holy Book”.

“The prospective translation has been finalised by the ministry in consultation with religious scholars of different schools of thought,” the minister said.

He believes that the version of the translation will be so simple that an Urdu teacher “can easily teach it to his or her students”.

He went to add, “Between class six and 10, Quran’s chapters and relevant translation will be taught which tells about incidents and happenings, while in classes 11 and 12 chapters would be taught which tell about Allah’s commands and directions.”

The federal education ministry had distributed the recommended draft to all provinces.

Referring to the issue of necessary legislation, Rehman claimed that the “Education of Holy Quran according to Recitation by Sight and with Translation, Learning by Heart and with Correct Pronunciation Bill, 2015” is under review by the Senate and National Assembly’s standing committees.

He mentioned that both houses of parliament had already implemented resolutions demanding students between grade 1 and 10 be taught the Quran.

The Minister of State clarified that the teaching of the Quran would be compulsory for Muslim students and that non-Muslim students would be exempted from same.

“Teaching of Quran will help build the character of students’.”

The chairman of CII, Muhammad Khan Sherani, in a statement, said: “Recommendations over the proposed draft of the syllabus will be furnished after its careful review.”

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